Patrolman Grover C. Wolf

Patrolman Grover C. Wolf

McKees Rocks Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, November 14, 1930

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Grover C. Wolf

Patrolman Grover Wolf was shot and killed in the 700 block of Island Avenue after being confronted by a man he had dealt with earlier in the evening.

The subject had been drunk and was harassing a woman when Patrolman Wolf saw him and told him to go home. The man went home but returned to the area several hours later and located Patrolman Wolf.

The man confronted Patrolman Wolf, and a violent confrontation ensued in which Patrolman Wolf was shot. Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Wolf was able to return fire but did not strike the subject. The man fled the scene but was arrested a short time later and charged with murder. Patrolman Wolf was taken to Ohio Valley Hospital where he died later in the day.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was granted a new trial, convicted of voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 6 to 12 years.

Patrolman Wolf was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the McKees Rocks Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and two young children and is buried at Mount Cavalry Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 to 12 years

alcohol violation, disturbance, retaliation

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I worked for the department 12 years as a dispatcher, then a patrolman. I never heard of this incident! RIP Officer Wolf. And, it was murder.

Anthony Ligouri
McKees Rocks P.D.

November 14, 2022

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