Grover Beach police officer shoots robbery suspect
April 23, 2010
A man who had robbed a gas station was shot and wounded by a Grover Beach police officer Friday morning after he tried to drive over an officer, authorities said.
David Jordon Griffin, 24, was shot inside a trailer park located at 1370 W. Grand Avenue.
Griffin, wearing a black sweat shirt and wielding a machete, entered the Kautz Chevron station at 1284 W. Grand Avenue and took an unknown amount of cash. One of the two employees present set off the silent alarm at 1:24 a.m.
Police arrived to discover Griffin running eastbound towards the trailer park. With the assistance of the Arroyo Grande Police, Pismo Beach Police, the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department, the officers set up a perimeter around the park.
An officer spotted Griffin and confronted him. He ordered Griffin to stop and give up.
Griffen, however, fled on foot into the trailer park with the officers in pursuit. He jumped into a maroon 1994 Chevrolet sedan and drove it forward into a small shed next to a trailer.
He than began backing up towards a group of officers.
A Grover Beach police officer, believing his life and the other officers lives were in danger, fired multiple shots into Griffin’s upper thigh, police said.
The officer, whose name was not released, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Griffin was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital were he was treated for his injuries and released.
He was arrested on robbery, kidnapping and attempted homicide charges. Griffin was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.