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Update: PA Conservation Officer Slain During Traffic Stop

Update: PA Conservation Officer Slain During Traffic Stop

Christopher Lynn Johnson is a person of interest in the shooting, police said.

Associated Press

November 12, 2010

Official Press Release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission:

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) David L. Grove was shot and killed in the line of duty while on patrol around 10:30 p.m., on Nov. 11, along Shrivers Road in Freedom Township, Adams County. Grove, age 31, of Fairfield, Adams County, was investigating reports of ongoing night-time shooting and possible poaching activity in the area.

The Pennsylvania State Police is leading the investigation into the killing of WCO Grove.

Prior to this incident, the last Game Commission Officer to have been shot and killed in the line of duty was Game Protector Joseph McHugh in Weatherly, Carbon County, on Nov. 7, 1915.

“We are shocked and saddened by the killing of WCO Grove,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "He was a bright, young officer who was dedicated to conserving Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources, and promoting our state’s rich hunting and trapping heritage.

“Our prayers and thoughts go out to WCO Grove’s family and friends, as we mourn the loss of one of our own.”

A graduate of the 27th Class of the Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation, Grove was commissioned a full-time Wildlife Conservation Officer on March 8, 2008, and assigned to the southern district of Adams County.

Before being appointed a WCO Cadet, Grove had served as a Deputy WCO in Franklin County, from 2001 until 2007. Grove also worked at the Penn State University Deer Research Facility in University Park, Centre County, from 2003 until 2004.

Grove graduated, in 1997, from Grace Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland, and he attended Appalachian Bible College, in Bradley, West Virginia, from 1997 until 1999. In 2004, Grove earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University.

WCOs are responsible for administering a wide variety of Game Commission programs within an assigned district of about 350 square miles. Primary duties include law enforcement, responding to wildlife conflicts, conservation education, and administration of the Hunter-Trapper Education program. Officers also are responsible for supervising and training part-time Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers.

After being accepted to the agency’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation, WCO Cadets are required to complete an intensive 50-week training program. Major subject areas of instruction include: wildlife management; law enforcement; principles and methods; wildlife laws and regulations; land management practices; public relations and conservation education; firearms training and unarmed self-defense; and agency administrative procedures. In addition to classroom studies, the training program includes temporary field assignments with experienced officers. Field training provides cadets with practical experience in law enforcement and other duties performed by Wildlife Conservation Officers.

Upon successfully completing the training program, WCO cadets are promoted to the position of Wildlife Conservation Officer and are assigned to fill vacancies throughout the Commonwealth. WCOs work under the supervision of a Region Director and supervisory staff, and generally work 40 hours per week and are eligible for overtime under certain conditions. Hours of work vary and often include nights, weekends and holidays.

In 1930, Ross Leffler, the then-president of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, proposed the establishment of a training school for “Game Protectors,” as they were called at that time. When the training school opened its doors in Brockway, Jefferson County, in 1932, it was the first such conservation officer training school in the world and served as a model for other states.

From 1932 until 1935, the Ross Leffler School of Conservation offered in-service training for Game Protectors. The Game Commission made the school a permanent facility and enrolled its first class of Cadets in 1936. The agency continued training new classes at this facility until 1986. In 1987, the training school was moved to the Harrisburg headquarters, which had just opened the doors to its current facility in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.

NOTE: A photograph of WCO Grove to accompany this news release is available from the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on “News Releases” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage and then selecting “Release #121-10.”

Note to Editors: If you would like to receive Game Commission news releases via e-mail, please send a note with your name, address, telephone number and the name of the organization you represent to: PGCNews@state.pa.us

SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission

FAIRFIELD, Pa. — A wildlife conservation officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty in central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser says the officer was fatally shot Thursday night in Freedom Township, near Gettysburg. Feaser would not release the identity of the officer.

A neighbor told the Gettysburg Times she thought she heard gunshots before police arrived. Soon, dozens of police cars from across Adams County were on the scene.

Police were searching for a blue pickup following the shooting.

Feaser says a game commission officer hasn’t been slain in the line of duty since 1915. He would not immediately discuss the events leading up to the shooting.

Suspect vehicle: 1999 blue Chevy pick-up with the Pennsylvania plates, YWC-7472.


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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

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    That "CAPTURED" sign sure looked good! Give him the maximum!!!

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    bulldogdt20012001

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Rest in Peace man.

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    ppd8875

    over 3 years ago

    390 Comments

    R.I.P. BROTHER, AND THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I'm so glad the caught this creep.No one has the right to take anothers life.Even though they caught him fast it still doesn't bring back Officer David L.Grove.Rip David and my candle is still burning for you.God Bless You and All Your Family,Always & Forever.

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    over 3 years ago

    2484 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

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    Thank you to the Officers that found and captured this POS. I hope and pray that they have the right guy and that he is given the death penalty and it is carried out quickly.
    Prayers go out to the family and friends of WCO Grove RIP my brother.

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    beejac

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    May god hold your family and friends close in this sad time. RIP Officer Grove.

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    boritico

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest I Peace Brother,,May Justice Be Swift And Hard

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    station_100_2003

    over 3 years ago

    552 Comments

    Rest In Peace

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11354 Comments

    RIP and prayers for the family. Kudos to PA State Police for a fast capture...

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    StanfieldS

    over 3 years ago

    132 Comments

    RIP Brother. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Glad to hear the suspect got caught..

    May Officer Grove Rest in Peace..

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    30Chevy

    over 3 years ago

    880 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7620 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brother!!!!

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