Special Agent Benjamin P. Grogan

Special Agent Benjamin P. Grogan

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, April 11, 1986

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Benjamin P. Grogan

Special Agent Benjamin Grogan and Special Agent Jerry Dove were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two bank robbers in Miami, Florida.

The two suspects had been on a spree of bank robberies which left several people dead and wounded. After setting up surveillance, several agents began to follow the suspects and attempted to stop them in front of 12201 SW 82nd Avenue. During the takedown, a furious gunfight ensued, leaving Agents Grogan and Dove dead and seven other agents wounded. The two suspects were also shot and killed.

Special Agent Grogan was a United States Army veteran and had served with the United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation for 25 years. He was survived by his wife, mother, two sisters, and brother.

He is buried in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Both shot and killed

arrest attempt, bank robbery

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Like other catastrophic police shootings, involving multiple killed/and or injured, the Miami incident was thoroughly analyzed, critiqued and used later to save others. I got a hold of a training video of this incident and often showed it patrol and detective training sessions. Newhall was a good training video as well. With that said, the FBI and other agencies looked at their weaponry and equipment, because that was a factor in the high casualties, since the perps were ex-military, and proficient with firearms,--having possessed several guns when stopped. They also had at least one long gun (mini-14) and to some degree had agents outgunned. As a result, the FBI modernized their issue weapons. SA Dove and Grogan fought with extreme valor and poise despite the chaotic nature and positioning of the various vehicles. We all should be proud of how all of SAs met evil that day, because they all fought with uncommon valor and prompted all of us to evaluate our own tactics and equipment., which probably saved lives later.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret.)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS &FBINA

November 7, 2022

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