Officer Maria Michelle Groves

Officer Maria Michelle Groves

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1987

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Maria Michelle Groves

Officer Maria Groves was struck and killed by a drunk driver while she was setting out a flare pattern at the scene of an accident on I-10.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 4292

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

accident scene, DUI

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You were so young & beautiful. The night this happened Michelle & her partner were on an accident call on the Katy Freeway in Houston Texas. Flares were set out around the accident scene & Michelle insisted on standing in the roadway because she had a reflective jacket & her partner did not. She put herself in harms way because that’s the kind of Officer & person she was. I stood at attention next to your casket Michelle at the funeral home. Your sister came in alone to talk to you. It was the most emotional event & though I wanted to reach out & hug her as she sobbed uncontrollably, I could not neglect my duty & do so. Shortly after I was relieved by another Officer & I went to the ladies room to sob quietly myself. I’ve never forgotten you Michelle. You left us way too soon. God’s speed Sister.

Officer C. A. Phillips (former)
Houston Police Department

May 10, 2020

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