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New Hero Search Thomas F. Griffiths - Jun. 25, 1913 (9473)

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Salt Lake City Police Dept. Patch
Resided: UT, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jun. 25, 1913
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 39 yrs. of age
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Dept: Salt Lake City Police Dept.
Salt Lake, UT   USA
County: Salt Lake
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 6 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: UT   USA   Wed. Jun. 25, 1913
Summary: Patrolman Thomas Griffiths was shot and killed after arresting a man for slashing another man with a razor during an argument at a bar. As Patrolman Griffiths walked the man to a police call box the man broke away and ran from the officer. As Patrolman Griffiths chased him the man turned and shot him twice in the upper body. As Patrolman Griffiths fell to his knees the man shot him again in the head, killing him. The suspect fled but was apprehended later that evening.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 1915 he escaped from the Utah State Penitentiary. In May of 1932 he was located in an Italian prison where he was serving a sentence for robbery. Italian officials told Utah officials that he would be returned to them as soon as he completed his sentence.

Patrolman Griffiths had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

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