Patrolman Dennis Griffin

Patrolman Dennis Griffin

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, May 11, 1923

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Dennis Griffin

Patrolman Dennis Griffin was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to jail.

The man had been arrested during a stakeout by Patrolman Griffin and another officer. Before being taken to jail, the man asked if he could go into his house to change and say goodbye to his wife. While inside, he was able to conceal a .45 caliber revolver in his pocket.

When Patrolman Griffin and the man failed to report to the station, a search was begun. Patrolman Griffin's burned uniform was found three days later, and his body was found in a shallow grave nearby shortly thereafter. He had been shot once in the neck.

The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended in Detroit, Michigan, the following month. He was sentenced to life but died after being shot while attempting to escape from prison.

Patrolman Griffin served in the 14th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and 9-month-old son.

He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed in prison

auto theft, prisoner custody, stakeout

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As part of the Greater Cleveland Police Officers Memorial Society, each year during Police Week we place grave markers at the top of the tombstones of Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. We do this in an effort to keep our promise to "Never Forget."

I was assigned this Officer during Police Week 2023.

Once the grave marker was placed, I placed a US Flag and a Great Cleveland Police Officers Memorial Society Flag in the marker, took a moment of silence, and then said a prayer.

After Police Week, I went back to retrieve the marker and flags and secured them for next years Police Week. A penny was placed upon his tombstone.

Sergeant Todd James Vogler
US Dept. Of Veterans Affairs

May 22, 2023

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