Officer Terry Lynn Griffith

Officer Terry Lynn Griffith

Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 1994

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Terry Lynn Griffith

Officer Griffith was shot and killed as he tried to arrest a man suspected of shoplifting. The suspect began to struggle with Officer Griffith, gained control of his service weapon, and shot him in the head. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers.

Officer Griffith had been with the agency for 17 years and is survived by his wife, son, two daughters and two step-sons.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 41

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Buddy, what I would have done differently had I just known on the 17th that there was only one more day.... I woke on the 18th thinking I would drive to Cburg to see you. Knew you were on evening tour and didn't want to interrupt your work. What I did instead was wasted time I'll never get back. If I could have only prevented you from answering that call to Hills! It was in your blood and you loved your would have never let the call go to someone was who you were and why people gravitated to you.

You were the best friend anyone could ask for. These days are hard for all who loved and cared about you. As we face life's struggles, I miss the encouraging words you always found and your unending faith in our Lord. I wish I had the faith you continually demonstrated .

Time will never change the sense of loss. I'm thinking of the old hymn, "How beautiful heaven must be." You're there, those of us left can only pray, Lord come quickly!

I look forward to the day you'll meet me at the pearly gates! Dad and others will be with you. What a reunion that will be.

Until that time, memories will have to do. Thank you for your example and the influence you continue to have on those of use that remain.

God's speed my friend. You are sorely missed....

Dr. Mark N. Adams

September 17, 2021

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