Police Officer James E. Griffin

Police Officer James E. Griffin

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, March 5, 1976

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James E. Griffin

Officer James Griffin succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot inside of the 5th District station house.

A suspect had been arrested for stealing plywood from a construction site earlier in the day. Officer Griffin and his partner were sent in the paddy wagon to transport the suspect to the detective division. As they took custody of the prisoner, the man was able to gain control of the other officer's service weapon and shot Officer Griffin in the leg. Officer Griffin was then shot again in the side after falling to the floor.

The 31-year-old suspect was shot twice and seriously wounded by the duty sergeant as he attempted to flee the building. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Griffin had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 2484

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 3, 1976
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 5, 2021

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