Sheriff Garrett Groomer

Sheriff Garrett Groomer

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 1924

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Garrett Groomer

Sheriff Garrett Groomer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest five suspects who had just robbed a store in Warsaw, Missouri.

The five suspects were arrested in Illinois and sent to two different jails. Three of the suspects escaped but they were all eventually taken back into custody.

Four of the suspects were convicted of Sheriff Groomer's murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 9th, 1924. The fifth and youngest, only 18, testified against the others. He was was sentenced to 5 years and paroled on February 5, 1925. Another was paroled in 1942. On January 3, 1945, Sheriff Groomer's killer was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate at the state penitentiary.

Sheriff Groomer was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters. Sheriff Groomer's wife was appointed sheriff the day after he was killed.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed in prison


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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 21, 2020

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