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Thursday, May 1, 2008

[IL] Corrections Officer Grigsby shot, killed during domestic call to his home

Officer dies after shooting at Stateville
Joliet Herald News, IL
By BRIAN STANLEY bstanley@scn1.com
April 29, 2008
JOLIET -- A correctional officer shot while reportedly fighting with state police last week died Monday. Lernard Grigsby, 48, of Crest Hill, was pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m. at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Will County Coroner Patrick K. O'Neil reported. State troopers were called around 4 a.m. Thursday to the correctional officers' dormitory at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. Trooper Mark Dorencz said a sergeant and a trooper responded and spoke to a woman about a "domestic disturbance." The pair then spoke to Grigsby, who allegedly attacked them. He struck the sergeant and the trooper's heads and tried to take the sergeant's handgun. "Fearing for his life and safety, the sergeant shot (Grigsby) twice in the torso," Dorencz said. All three were taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. The sergeant and trooper were treated for head, neck and facial injuries and released from the hospital Thursday afternoon... The state police's Division of Internal Investigations is investigating. Grigsby's relationship with the woman involved in the dispute is not known. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/920270,4_1_JO29_GUARD_S1.article

Stateville guard shot in altercation with police dies
Southtown Star, IL
April 28, 2008
..."A sergeant and a trooper spoke to a woman regarding the domestic situation," [Illinois State Police Trooper Mark] Dorencz said. "The officers confronted the suspect (Grigsby), who immediately became argumentative and attacked the sergeant, striking him in the head and pushing him against the wall." Dorencz said Grigsby then punched the trooper several times in the face before attempting to take the sergeant's handgun. The sergeant drew his gun and shot Grigsby twice in the torso. Both troopers and the guard were taken to Provena Saint Joseph. Grigsby was originally listed in critical condition. The sergeant was treated for head and neck injuries. The trooper, who was treated for a broken nose and facial cuts was identified by The Daily Journal as Kankakee native Kristine Quick. Both troopers were released by the hospital Thursday afternoon...

1 comment:

  1. It saddens me that an officer lost his life. Officer Grigsby lived in the prison dormitory. Officers responding to the call should have communicated with the warden prior to speaking with Officer Grigsby. A series of mistakes resulted in the loss of life. This should and could have been avoided.


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