Sheriff Charles Vernon McGriff

Sheriff Charles Vernon McGriff

Story County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, October 20, 1941

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Charles Vernon McGriff

Sheriff McGriff was shot and killed at 8 p.m. as he and a group of law enforcement officers, including several deputies attempted to arrest an escaped mental patient. The armed suspect had returned to his home and his family wanted him removed.

During the shootout a deputy was injured and both the suspect and Sheriff McGriff were killed.

Sheriff McGriff had served in law enforcement for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and four adult children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 85-1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

escapee, mentally ill

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff McGriff. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

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