Deputy Sheriff Elwood E. Groff

Deputy Sheriff Elwood E. Groff

Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 15, 1979

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Elwood E. Groff

Deputy Groff was shot and killed while moonlighting at the apartment complex in which he lived on Midcrown Road.

He had responded to a report of a disturbance at a unit and met San Antonio officers on the scene. They found that the suspect had left the scene and Deputy Groff informed the San Antonio officers he would handle the incident. After the officers left, the suspect returned to the scene and shot Deputy Groff in the chest, killing him. The suspect then shot and killed his girlfriend's grandmother, wounded his girlfriend, and then committed suicide.

Deputy Groff was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During his military service he was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He had served with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department for 11 years and was survived by his daughter, six sons, and by his parents.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 484
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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You have been missed by your family. Although we think of someone passing in their 50's as someone who has had a chance to live their life I can see now that isn't the case. Living life is being able it all the way to the end, soaking up time and love with family. You have family who have missed out on the memories with you and children who will forever miss you. The impact of a life taken isn't on the life missing, it falls on the family left behind. You led a full life of service and you would be so proud to see most of your family has carried on that legacy.


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