Officer
Gerald F. 'Jerry' Griffin
Indianapolis Police Department
Tuesday, November 6, 1979

Age: 29
Served: 7 years, 6 months
Badge #: 2602
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, November 6, 1979
07:55 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
4702 West 36th Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Wayne
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died in prison
Burial Place:
Calvary Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Officer Gerald Griffin was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

   He was the first officer to arrive and upon approaching the residence, he was shot and killed. Two other responding officers were wounded by the suspect before he barricaded himself inside the home in a nearly two-hour standoff, which ended in his surrender.

   Prior to the officer's arrival, the suspect had killed his former wife and her father as well as wounding her mother in their residence.

   The 48-year-old suspect was charged with three counts each of murder, attempted murder and armed confinement. He was sentenced to death in 1980 and again in 2000, but while awaiting execution, he died in prison in 2006.

   Officer Griffin was killed four days before his 30th birthday. He was survived by his wife and 19-month, 4- and 7-year-old daughters.

Military Service

United States Marine Corps
Vietnam War

Purple Heart Medal


The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


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