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New Hero Search John Paris Grove - Feb. 08, 1928 (12657)

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Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department Agency Patc
Resided: IN, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Feb. 08, 1928
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 56 yrs. of age
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Dept: Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Dept.
IN   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Police
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: IN   USA   Wed. Feb. 08, 1928
Summary: Deputy John Grove and Deputy Wallace McClure were shot and killed while transporting two juvenile prisoners to the Pendleton Penitentiary in Deputy Grove's car.

The prisoners had been convicted of armed robbery and about to serve two to 20 year sentences in prison. When they failed to arrive at the penitentiary, a nationwide manhunt began and the next day the prisoner's uncle saw the prisoners driving Deputy Grove's car near Danville, Illinois. Two days later, the car was found abandoned in Decatur, Illinois, and Deputy Grove's hat was found east of Lafayette near Maple Point.

The bodies of Deputies Grove and McClure were found on February 16 in a field west of Covington in Warren County. Sometime during the transport the prisoners were able to gain control of the deputy's weapons and executed both of them.

One of the prisoners was arrested on May 21 at his uncle's home in West Lafayette and on June 9, he was sentenced to life in prison for murder. After more than three years, the other prisoner was captured in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using an alias name, confessed to the murders and was sentenced to life in prison on January 8, 1932.

Deputy Grove was survived by his wife, three adult children, and one teen child.

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