Police Officer John H. Grogan

Police Officer John H. Grogan

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 3, 1925

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John H. Grogan

Police Officer John Grogan was shot and killed after responding to a robbery call at 1531 Washington Avenue. As he arrived on the scene the five robbers were attempting to flee and opened fire on him, striking him in the heart. When a bystander came to his aid he was also shot and killed. The five juvenile suspects fled the scene but were apprehended a short time later.

Four, ages 16 to 20, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. One escaped from prison in 1933 and was never captured. Two others escaped from prison in October of 1936. A year later they were captured in Cleveland, Ohio, after committing several bank robberies there. A few days later they escaped from the Cleveland Jail. One was quickly recaptured. The other was recaptured in Philadelphia in a stolen car two months later. Both received 65 year terms in Leavenworth. One, paroled in 1956, was shot and killed a few days later by St. Louis Police as he was commiting an armed robbery. The fourth suspect was paroled in 1939.

Officer Grogan had been with the agency for 22 years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Frank Bird was one of the people that murdered officer Grogan. Frank was released from prison and immediately went back to his robbing ways. He and Robert Lee Orr attempted to rob the Centerfield Lounge at 3111 No. Grand in St. Louis on 14 April 1956. BIRD was shot in the stomach by an off duty St. Louis Detective Nick Valenti and my father who played piano at the lounge engaged Bird after the shooting began and beat the rotten bum to death breaking his left hand in the process.

Justice for Officer Grogan. REST IN PEACE!

Chuck Nowotny

March 28, 2020

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