Captain Malcolm E. Grass

Captain Malcolm E. Grass

Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1986

Malcolm E. Grass

Captain Malcolm Grass was shot and killed while assisting the FBI with an extortion case.

The officers and agents confronted the suspect at a local gas station near Greenfield. As they attempted to arrest the man he produced a .357-caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Captain Grass in the head.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1992, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, but overturned his death sentence which resulted in a resentencing to 60 years in prison. The offender's application for executive clemency made in June 2007 was denied by the governor.

Captain Grass had served with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

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I remember it like it happened yesterday. I was on my way to Greenfield Hospital to visit a friend and saw so many police cars in the gas station parking lot. I had no idea what happened. When I got to the hospital I ask everyone what happened and they just said they heard a police officer had been shot but no one knew who it was. Finally someone said an officer from the Hancock Sheriff's department was shot but didn't know who. I finally got the answers that I didn't want to hear. Malcolm had been shot. I drove home in a daze. My cousin had lost her husband and the kids lost their dad. Our family lost a great man who died way before his time. I miss you Malcolm. May you Rest in Peace.

Jane Coleman

May 8, 2016

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