Patrolman Raymond H. Griffin

Patrolman Raymond H. Griffin

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 30, 1938

Raymond H. Griffin

Patrolman Griffin was killed during a robbery attempt. A lady overheard the robbery and gunshots, and called police after she observed Patrolman Griffin lying on the ground. He was still alive when other officers arrived, despite being shot five times. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Patrolman Griffin was often detailed to drive for Mayor Harold H. Burton and Safety Director Eliot Ness. Eight weeks earlier he shot and killed an armed robber in front of the Public Music Hall.

The shooter was sentenced to prison in 1946 after pleading guilty to several robberies.

Patrolman Griffin was survived by his wife of thirteen months, brother and sister. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 515

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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My dad's mom was Marguerite Griffin, who died in 1928, ten years before Raymond. I have no doubt that Marguerite was standing at the pearly gates to greet Raymond into heaven.

Raymond was my grandmothers brother.
So soon we lost you Raymond Griffen. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your service to mankind. You lost your life way too soon.

Suzette Sampierre
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July 8, 2015

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