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Old 11-15-2010, 02:20 PM
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Police tried to save their colleague, and friend

Grove radioed for backup at 10:36 p.m. Thursday, shortly after he pulled over Johnson, in a Chevy pick-up truck, for illegal hunting. Police arrived within two minutes, but it was after Grove and Johnson engaged in a "ferocious exchange of gunfire." Grove was shot four times, including a fatal blow to the neck, according to Adams County Coroner Pat Felix.
"Officer Barbagello arrived first, saw Officer Grove on the ground and checked for vitals, and started to administer first aid and CPR," said Chief Boehs.
Within minutes, Cumberland officers Chad Topper and Matt Trostel arrived on the scene.
"Everyone tried, but with the extend of his injuries, they were unable to bring him back," said Boehs, who also arrived on the scene after 11 p.m.
"The call came out at 10:36 and our guys were there at 10:38," said Boehs. "The guys are taking it hard, because some of them knew Officer Grove personally. He was a good man," said Boehs. "He stopped in at our station, and was friendly with everyone, and he socialized with a lot of the officers on off-duty hours," said Boehs, adding that Grove "would go to lunch and dinner with us sometimes."
Felix said Sunday that there was no gunshot wound to the head, as was reported in police charging documents. Johnson shot Grove four times with a .45-caliber handgun, including once in the neck, once in the leg, and two graze wounds, to the foot and leg.
Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner plans to seek the death penalty against Johnson, if it is determined that Johnson intentionally shot Grove.
At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the 31-year-old Grove observed spotlighting and shots from a Chevy pickup truck in the area of Schriver Road and Red Rock Road, in rural Freedom Township. After conducting a vehicle stop, Grove ordered Johnson — the driver — and passenger Ryan Laumann outside. Grove also ordered Johnson to throw his keys out of the window, and Johnson complied. The 27-year-old Johnson used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot a spiked deer.
Before Johnson got out of the vehicle, he told Laumann that "he wasn’t going back to prison and that he had a .45 caliber pistol on him." Johnson is a convicted felon, and was not permitted to carry a gun. He has served at least two stints in prison, according to reports.
Charging documents filed by arresting officers Tpr. Scott Denisch and Tpr. Curtis Whitmoyer state that Grove was aware there were firearms inside the vehicle, so Grove radioed to dispatchers at 10:36 p.m. that he was going to wait for assistance.
Laumann was ordered to walk around the vehicle and stand by the drivers side door. Simultaneously, Johnson was ordered to walk backwards towards Grove, which he did. According to charging documents, Laumann heard Johnson say, "what’s this all about," and the sound of hand-cuffs clicking. Laumann told police that he then heard shouting, and saw Johnson fire at least three rounds from his .45 caliber pistol at the officer. Both men saw the officer on the ground to the rear of the patrol vehicle, but neither "he (Laumann) nor Johnson provided any assistance, and the two got back into the Chevy truck and fled the scene."
Johnson suffered a hip injury, and shot the handcuff off his right hand with the pistol. He fled the scene with Laumann, but the two parted ways three minutes later. Police consider Laumann, of Fairfield, a witness to the incident, and he has cooperated with investigators.
At 10:38 p.m. Officer Barbagello radioed to 911 that he was on the scene, and that there was an officer down and in need of medical assistance. Barbagello performed CPR, and other measures in an attempt to save Grove’s life until ambulances arrived. Felix later ruled Grove dead on the scene.
Johnson later disbanded his truck, and asked a passing motorist to transport him to a campground in Franklin Township. He was apprehended without incident at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the campground, and treated for injuries at York Hospital under the surveillance of Pa. State Police.
Johnson is being charged with criminal homicide, among other charges, and a court hearing is scheduled Nov. 18.
Hunting is prohibited at night in Pennsylvania, and out of season. The two-week rifle season for deer begins the Monday after Thanksgiving. The Pa. Game Commission averages about 930 prosecutions each year for big-game poaching.
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Pa. game warden slain; was probing poaching

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A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer investigating possible poaching was shot and killed late last night in what the commission says was the first slaying of an officer on duty in almost a century.
Investigators have detained a man for questioning.
David L. Grove, 31, was on patrol about 10:30 p.m. in Freedom Township, Adams County, near Gettysburg, when he spotted lights and heard gunfire, state police said.
As he approached a vehicle parked along the side of the road he saw shots being fired from the window, troopers said.
Two men were in the vehicle hunting deer. Grove called for backup and Cumberland Twp. police arrived on scene in two minutes, troopers said.
Soon after, a struggle ensued.
"This incident escalated from a poaching situation to a gun battle," said a state police spokesman, addressing reporters near the scene of the shooting.
Though he "religiously wore a bulletproof vest," Grove was mortally wounded. One of the two suspected poachers was struck in the hip, state police said. The injury was not believed to be life-threatening.
"It's a great possibility, if not a certainty, that we will seek the death penalty in this case," said the Adams County District Attorney.
Officials today arrested Christopher Lynn Johnson, 27, whom they described as a person of interest.
"We are shocked and saddened by the killing," Carl G. Roe, the commission's executive director, said in a statement. "He was a bright, young officer who was dedicated to conserving Pennsylvania's wildlife resources."
Grove became a conservation officer in March 2008 and was assigned to southern Adams County.
The commission said no officer had been slain in the line of duty since Nov. 7, 1915.
The commission did not provide details of what Grove was investigating.
The game commission was created in 1895 to help preserve wildlife at a time when overhunting was a major concern and the population of species such as whitetail deer, elk and beaver were seriously depleted.

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A first person poaching account was published on November 2 2010.
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So sad. I hope they nail the bastards to the wall who did this.
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R.I.P. Officer Grove
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Christopher Lynn Johnson's murder case held for trial in death of Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove
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Christopher L. Johnson, 27, of
Carroll Valley, Pa. arrives at the
Adams County Courthouse in Gettysburg,
Pa. Wednesday morning Nov. 24, 2010,
for a preliminary hearing on murder charges.
Johnson is charged in the Nov. 11 shooting
death of Pa. Game Commission Wildlife
Conservation Officer David L. Grove.

Gettysburg, Pa. —
A man accused of killing a wildlife conservation officer during a poaching investigation told police the officer fired the first shot in what state police have described as a ferocious gun battle, according to testimony at his preliminary hearing.
“I know he shot the first one, I remember that,” Christopher Lynn Johnson told a state trooper, according to an interview transcript, as he was being taken to a hospital for treatment on Nov. 12, the morning after he allegedly killed Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove outside Gettysburg.

Ferocious exchange’

Investigators testified they recovered from the scene 10 bullet casings that fit the .357-caliber Glock revolver issued to Grove, as well as 15 casings for a .45-caliber handgun, the type of weapon Johnson allegedly used to shoot Grove four times.
State police Commissioner Col. Frank Pawlowski previously said the two had “a ferocious exchange of gunfire” after Grove caught Johnson illegally shooting deer at night.
Gettysburg District Judge Mark Beauchat ruled there was sufficient evidence against Johnson, 27, to forward the case to common pleas court for trial.
Johnson’s attorney presented no evidence, and the defendant said little during the two-hour proceeding amid heavy security inside the Adams County Courthouse. Johnson was sent back to the county jail without bail, and did not respond to questions as deputies loaded him into a vehicle afterward.
Defense attorney Kristin Rice said she was not surprised that the case was bound over for trial, and described the hearing as “the beginning of a very long discovery process.”
Asked about Johnson’s alleged confession, she said: “The question is, confessed to what? The answer will be determined at trial.”
Trooper Neal J. Navitsky testified that Johnson voluntarily waived his Miranda rights and spoke with him after being arrested outside a hunting camp.

Officer down

According to the transcript of the recorded interrogation that was read in court, Johnson said Grove pulled him over after he shot a deer and ordered him and passenger Ryan Laumann to get out of the truck. Grove had put a handcuff on Johnson’s right wrist when, Johnson said, he went for a handgun that the warden had not noticed.
“I’d been to jail, and I decided I didn’t want to go back,” Johnson said, according to the transcript. He described how Grove told him to stop before the shooting began, and said he did not feel the bullet that ended up in his hip, where it remains lodged.
Grove’s four bullet wounds included a fatal shot to his neck, according to an autopsy.
Trooper Jason Weaver testified that he arrived at the scene within about 15 minutes of the “officer down” call going over the radio, and helped load Grove into an ambulance. Grove had no vital signs by that point, Weaver said.
Along with criminal homicide, Johnson is charged with weapons offenses and game-law violations.
Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner said he still intends to seek the death penalty. No charges have been filed against Laumann, Wagner said.
Grove was the first Pennsylvania game warden killed in the line of duty in 95 years. His packed funeral in Waynesboro, the heart of the community where he grew up, drew well over 1,000 mourners, including uniformed law enforcement officers from around the country.
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I can't believe someone would kill a game warden. That guy is scum. He should get the death penalty
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Frikken skunk bag - they should bring back the chair and then hang him
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Wow. I just followed this through Google and this scumbag still hasn't been to trial. Almost two years later, what a shame our system stinks. Seemed like a pretty simple case to me. I've always wanted to be a Wildlife Officer but this really sucks!
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