Peter Grignon

Peter Grignon

Louisville Metro Police Officer Peter Grignon was shot and killed in the line of duty in March 2005.

Grignon was dispatched to a reported hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. After locating a burning vehicle in a field near the location of the reported incident, he called for the Fire Department, then rode through the area looking for suspects.

About two blocks from the scene, he located two teenagers walking in the street. Grignon stopped to investigate.

A witness later described the initial encounter between the officer and suspects as being calm. However, as she turned away and closed her door, shots rang out.

Officer Grignon had responded to a dispatcher's inquiry by saying that all was under control. Nineteen seconds later, a backup unit arrived at the scene and called "Officer Down."

The suspect, Travis Ballard, was 17 years old and had an extensive history of criminal activity and mental problems. As the backup officer arrived, Ballard tried unsuccessfully to remove Grignon's firearm from its holster. He then turned his gun on himself and took his own life.

Grignon was rushed to UofL Hospital with four gunshot wounds to the face and neck area.

Surgeons worked hard to save his life, but he succumbed to his wounds.

Grignon was 27 years old and had been married for one year and three days. He was nearing the end of his first work shift after returning from an anniversary getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Grignon had served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for only two years, and was a charter member of Supporting Heroes.

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