Detective Russell G. Grower

Detective Russell G. Grower

Ontario Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1958

Russell G. Grower

Detective Russell Grower was shot and killed as he and two other detectives from separate agencies went to Soquel Canyon to investigate a gang of tire thieves.

When a suspect answered the door of his cabin he attempted to shut it on Detective Grower when he identified himself as a police officer. The suspect then shot Detective Grower in the head.

The suspect, an escapee from a mental hospital, was apprehended the next day. He was returned to a maximum security prison for the criminally insane.

Detective Grower was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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I just found this and it saddens me it took this long just to see a photo of what you even look like. I wish I could have know you. I am now 29, just 5 years your junior before your untimely departure from this world. Thank you for your service in the Police Force and your service during the Great War. To any family members who are direct descendents of the Grower and Martin family, my name is Erik R Laster, son of Robin Laster (Daughter of Russel Grower). I have been trying to get into contact with you for many years. My cell is 760-889-5279. I would love to hear from my biological family one day.

IT2 Laster, Erik
Navy Veteran and Biological Grandson

August 9, 2018

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