Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Detective Sherman C. Griffiths Age: 36 years old Tour: 8 years Boston Police End of Watch: Thursday, February 18, 1988
Detective Sherman Griffiths was shot and killed while serving a narcotics warrant with other officers in the Drug Control Unit. As Detective Griffiths attempted to hammer down the door with a sledge hammer shots were fired from inside and he was struck once in the head. The suspect and weapon were found inside of an adjoining apartment. Detective Griffiths succumbed to his wounds the next morning.

The suspect, an illegal immigrant, was acquitted of murder charges in 1990 after his trial was moved to a different part of the state in a change-of-venue. After the trial the INS deported him back to his native Jamaica.

Detective Griffiths was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Boston Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Following his murder, five of his brothers joined the Boston Police Department as police officers.

Remembering …

mlemf-logoOver 340 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. This encompasses state and local police, federal, sheriff and correction officers.

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

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