Patrol Officer Eugene A. Griffin

Patrol Officer Eugene A. Griffin

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 22, 1991

Eugene A. Griffin

Patrol Officer Eugene Griffin was shot and killed by one of three 17 year-old youths he had asked to leave a hotel while working an overtime assignment.

The subjects left and Officer Griffin was in the lobby reading a newspaper when they returned. As he rose to confront them, one of the youths shot him with a shotgun.

The shooter and another youth were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 6, 1993. The third suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled September 19, 1996.

Officer Griffin is survived by his wife, son, daughter, father and mother, and brother, who is a retired police sergeant.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to LIfe

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Eugene was my uncle, one of the only I really ever got to know in the family. I remember years ago getting the news, attending the funeral and I have visited the location he was shot at and the memorial for fallen officers at the station. I am conflicted but currently reading the transcripts to figure out what to do. I looked both suspects up in the system, the trigger puller that murdered Gene has a horrible track record and behavior and will for sure send in a no parole request on him. The other guy Bryan I am not sure about until i fully read the actions as told in the court records on that horrible night. He has been what seems to be a model prisoner for 23 years. I believe in some second chances "except for the cold blooded murderers" so there is my conflicted feelings about the other kid at the time. Cop killers are the worse type out there and this makes me feel like I am going to request no parole for both.

I don't really know Hilda nor really remember meeting them. I have two cousins I have no memory but wish I did as I have extremely fond memories sitting in a recliner at my uncles house watching and re-watching Charlotte's web. If Hilda or my cousins happen to read this feel free to contact me.

Laura Griffin
He was a loving Uncle

August 3, 2017

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