Patrolman Benjamin F. Grair, Jr.

Patrolman Benjamin F. Grair, Jr.

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, August 5, 1983

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Benjamin F. Grair, Jr.

Patrolman Grair was shot and killed as he moonlighted as a uniformed security guard at a local bank. As he talked on the phone at the bank a person in line walked over to him and shot him, then robbed the bank.

A tip from an alert security guard led to the arrest of the 21-year-old suspect a short time later. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but the governor commuted his sentence to life with no parole. As of 2021 he was in the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

Patrolman Grair had served with the agency for 7 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 380

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Benjamin F. Grair, Jr. of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 5, 2021

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