Help Good Cops Remove Bad Cops Make it the Law Tommie Griffin III was a Fugitive and Criminal
How many victims had to suffer before he was removed from the streets, stripped of deadly force and brought to justice?
A SWAT team surrounded a house on the west side of Cleveland at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Inside was Tommie Griffin III, 52, a former police officer who once worked with several members of the SWAT team. Tommie Griffin III had spent 22 years as a decorated member of the Cleveland Police Department, until he allegedly pistol-whipped and raped his girlfriend in January, which led to the arrest of Tommie Griffin III and subsequent resignation from the force.
Tommie Griffin III spent the past several months under house arrest. Then on Saturday, Tommie Griffin III cut off his GPS ankle monitor, prompting a manhunt by the U.S. Marshals Service that eventually brought the SWAT team to the house in the Kamm’s Corners neighborhood.
For six hours, police shouted over a bullhorn in a desperate attempt to contact Tommie Griffin III. Two nearby schools went on lockdown. Eventually, the SWAT team entered the house. But it was futile.
Tommie Griffin III, hiding in the basement, held an AR-15 rifle to his chest and pulled the trigger. The SWAT team found his body. He didn’t leave a note.
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Tommie Griffin III was arrested and charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with a domestic violence attack on his 42-year-old girlfriend at their Parma home in January. Police say Tommie Griffin III pistol-whipped his girlfriend and fired two shots next to her during the attack.
After his arrest, Tommie Griffin III, who is in his early 50s, resigned from the police force. Tommie Griffin III had been on house arrest since posting bond in March.
On Saturday, police said Tommie Griffin III cut off his GPS ankle monitoring bracelet and disappeared.
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