Correctional Officer Fred Sidney Griffis

Correctional Officer Fred Sidney Griffis

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, June 24, 1987

Fred Sidney Griffis

Correctional Officer Fred Griffis was shot and killed during an escape attempt during a prisoner transport in West Palm Beach. He and an armed escort officer were jumped by two armed suspects. The men disarmed the armed officer and demanded that Officer Griffis hand over the keys to unlock the van and free the prisoner. Officer Griffis did not comply and instead tossed the keys away. When he tossed the keys the suspect shot and killed him.

Both suspects were apprehended after a chase in which they fired at pursuing officers.

The man who shot Officer Griffis was apprehended and sentenced to death. He died in prison July 17, 1999, from injuries he suffered while fighting guards who were attempting to search his cell. The other subject was also sentenced to death and executed on June 12th, 2013.

Officer Griffis was was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Glades Correctional Institution. He was survived by his mother and sister.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 2013

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Officer Griffis,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army-especially in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 24, 2016

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