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Sergeant William L. Griffin
Jacksonville Police Department
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 29, 1967
Location of Incident: 1905 River Road
Weapon Used: Firearm, rifle/shotgun
Suspect Info: Unknown

Sergeant Griffin was shot and killed during a burglary stakeout at 1905 River Road.  Sergeant Griffin was assigned to the State Attorney’s office as a special investigator.  Due to frequent burglaries over a three year period, Sergeant Griffin, along with other officers, were assigned to a special stake out in the area of the burglaries.  On the second night of the stake out, while police were inside a local residence, two suspects broke into the home.  One suspect was armed with a shotgun, the other with a rifle.  A gunfight ensued between the officers and suspects and Sergeant Griffin was struck in the crossfire by another officer.  Sergeant Griffin succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

A total of eight arrests were made in connection with the burglaries Sergeant Griffin and other officers were investigating.

Sergeant Griffin was survived by his wife and daughter.

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