Louisville Metro Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Published: Mar. 23, 2005 at 4:14 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 30, 2005 at 11:34 AM EST
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(LOUISVILLE) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer was shot and killed Wednesday morning while responding to a call in the southwest part of the city. According to police, the man who allegedly shot the officer, then turned the gun on himself. The coroner's office has identified him as 17-year-old Travis Ballard. He died at the scene, in the 2600 block of Accasia Avenue.

28-year old Pete Grignon, a two-year veteran of the department, died at University Hospital at 9:33 from gunshot wounds to the neck and head.

According to Dr. Bill Smock, head of trauma at University Hospital, doctors who treated Grignon "were unable to control the bleeding from his wou

Metro Police Chief Robert White rushed to the hospital and was there when Officer Grignon died.

"He was an outstanding officer", White told reporters gathered outside the hospital. "He was out there doing his job. He paid the ultim

White said Grignon was responding to a report of a hit and run accident. By the time he arrived at the scene, the call was changed to include a vehicle on fire.

Chief White said when Grignon arrived at the scene he was "confronted by one or perhaps two individuals. Some kind of confrontation occurred. We don't know the particulars of that yet. (It) resulted in the officer being s

White said he did not know if Grignon fired his weapon. He said the person (Ballard) who allegedly shot and killed Grignon, then shot himself to death. Police say he and the man taken in for questioning were both juveniles.

Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson met with Grignon's family and fellow officers at the hospital.

"It's an incredible tragedy and an incredible trauma for this community and for the family", Abramson said. "It's a really tough time for all of the officers who knew Pete and who have worked with him. I swore him in two years ago. And it's just a tough time. We ask for the community's suppor

Before leaving the hospital to go to the scene of the shooting, an emotional Chief White told reporters, "The men and women in this department...come to work every day for the sole purpose of providing safety for this community. But, sometimes, unfortunately, it results in someone giving the supreme sacrifice. And today that occu

"I would really ask that each of you keep the officer, keep his family in prayer. Keep the entire police department in your prayers", Whi

On Sunday, Grignon had celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Rebecca.

His family released a statement late Wednesday.

"Peter loved life," the statement said. "He was wonderful with people of all ages. Peter always wanted to be a policeman to serve, to help and to protect o

The statement also said Grignon "had a heart for people," and said he was a "gentle man and ful

Grignon, a New Jersey native, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in May 2000 with a degree in police administration. In a statement issued by Louisville police, Grignon's family said he had always aspired to be a police officer.

"It was his lifelong dream to join the force," his family said in the

The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Travis Ballard, was also accused of robbing two men on a Portland street in December of 2002 and shooting one of the victims.

The other juvenile arrested in the case, a 16-year-old, was charged with receiving stolen property over $300, two counts of first degree criminal mischief and fraudulent use of a credit card. He also had two outstanding juvenile warrants and is being held in the Jefferson County Youth Center.

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  • 68 Louisville police officers killed in the line of duty since July 18th, 1869
  • Last LPD officer killed was Alton Embry, May 17th, 1988
  • 19 Jefferson County police officers killed since May 22nd, 1909
  • Last JCPD officer killed was Officer Frank W. Pysher, Jr., Jan. 10th, 1989
  • Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty in the US - nationalcops.org

LPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Police Officer John O'Connell, Patrolman Joseph Rosenberg, Patrolman James W. Jones, Patrolman Edward Byrnes, Patrolman Joseph J. Heffernan, Patrolman James Purdon, Patrolman Theodore Bossung, Patrolman Simon R. Cannon, Patrolman William Murphy, Patrolman Frank Weber, Patrolman William C. Sube, Patrolman Michael Baldwin, Patrolman Harvey D. Hand, Patrolman John Fow, Patrolman Thomas L. Fitzgibbon, Patrolman Thomas M. Giltner, Patrolman John G. Tyler, Patrolman James E. Elder, Sergeant George G. Pfeifer, Patrolman Charles Oglesby Daily, Patrolman Ralph L. Croxton, Corporal James M. England, Detective Sergeant Lawrence Mialbach, Patrolman Frank H. Wilke, Patrolman Thomas D. McNichols, Patrolman William F. Newcomb, Patrolman Robert E. McGalin, Patrolman John Gruber, Patrolman Basil Duke Offutt, Patrolman H. D. Boyer, Captain Edward E. Parr, Detective William L. Mulligan, Detective William D. Wood, Officer Saxton Dutschke, Officer Clarence Q. Evans, Officer Eugene Hagan, Officer Lawrence W. Claycomb, Officer Frederick F. Barton, Officer Walter D. Mazzie, Sergeant Louis Fowler, Officer William K. Burge, Patrolman Thomas W. Kinney, Patrolman James Hedgepeth, Patrolman William Preston Bryant, Patrolman Auldon LeGrande, Patrolman John H. Hawthorn, Patrolman Andrew Miller, Patrolman John H. Tennyson, Patrolman John P. Minogue, Patrolman Edward P. Nowakowski, Patrolman William L. Long, Patrolman Orville C. Trinkle Jr., Patrolman Cosby H. Whitted Jr., Patrolman James Sansbury, Patrolman William Frederick Meyer, Patrolman Joseph L. Price, Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin, Detective James Ratliff, Patrolman Wilbur Hayes, Patrolman John Schaefer, Patrolman Raymond Oyler Jr., Patrolman Tommy Ray, Patrolman Jonah Darrell Cox, Patrolman Gwen Downs, Patrolman Albert B. Sallee Jr., Patrolman Ronnie E. Seelye, Patrolman Ricky A. LaFollette, Patrolman Alton Embry Jr.

JCPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Patrolman H. C. Conner, Chief of Police Edward H. Powell, Patrolman Peerless F. Stout, Patrolman Clarence G. Rapson, Patrolman Clinton M. Johnson, Patrolman Frank E. Herrmann, Patrolman Walter C. Wise, Patrolman Chester W. Korfhage, Sergeant Ezra Sutherland, Patrolman Alvin L. Keown, Patrolman Henry E. St. Clair, Patrolman Delmar Whitworth Sr., Patrolman Earl J. Bertram, Patrolman Michael T. Smith, Patrolman Mark Wynnfield Hines, Patrolman Kenneth R. Nally, Patrolman Christopher M. Dunn, Detective Jack S. Deuser, Officer Frank W. Pysher Jr.