Detective Russell G. Grower

Detective Russell G. Grower

Ontario Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1958

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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 a WWII veteran. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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Russell Grower was my dad's best friend. I still remember the day when he came home from work unexpectedly to give mom the news. My brother and I used to play with the Grower children. A lot of things changed that day. I never saw my dad more devastated.

Robert L Christman
My dad was a former Ontario policeman.

February 7, 2021

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