Police Officer Leon Griggs

Police Officer Leon Griggs

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, January 31, 1970

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Leon Griggs

Police Officer Leon Griggs was shot and killed during a robbery while working an off-duty assignment at a grocery store.

Two men entered the store and one of them grabbed Officer Griggs' arm while the other shot him in the back several times. After he fell to the ground one of the men took his duty weapon and shot him three more times.

One of the subjects was apprehended, convicted, but later paroled. The second subject was later shot and killed by police officers in Atlanta, Georgia. The paroled subject was later sent to prison again.

Officer Griggs had served with the Houston Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One later shot and killed

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I was a cub reporter for the Houston Chronicle covering Houston PD the day Officer Griggs was killed. I knew him, and I was shattered by his loss. I'll never forget his firm but gentle manner, his courtesy and his tolerance for me, a young, curious and persistent reporter learning the ropes of my profession. I remember him as well as other officers I have known who died in the line of duty whenever I hear of another officer's death. There always will be a lump in my throat when I remember him and them. I am thankful for their service -- and honored by having known them.

Ron George, retired journalist
Formerly with the Houston Chronicle

July 28, 2016

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