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Statement From KSP Commissioner On Louisville Metro Officer Shooting

Date of Release: 03/23/05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2005) - Kentucky State Police Commissioner (KSP) Mark L. Miller issued the following statement regarding the fatal shooting of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Officer Peter Grignon:

"On behalf of every member of the Kentucky State Police, I offer our sympathies to the family of Officer Peter Grignon and to the police force he so valiantly served. I have called LMPD Chief Robert White to express our sorrow over the loss of this dedicated police officer. Our thoughts and concerns for Officer Grignon's family, friends and fellow police officers are with them this day and in days to come. I offer our agency's assistance in any way possible.

"Officer Grignon was struck down while performing his sworn duties. He paid the supreme sacrifice. These are words we never hope to utter, never hope to write. But when a day such as this comes, we should take time to consider the gravity of these words . the ultimate sacrifice in service of others, the laying down of one's life for others.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy because all police officers share a common bond, one that transcends departmental affiliations: To protect and serve the public by putting their lives on the line every day.

"The Kentucky State Police has lost 23 officers in the line of duty, the last being in 1988. The outpouring from other police agencies is always overwhelming and moving. That is because the pain is shared and it is real.

"We pay homage to Officer Grignon, his commitment to community and his selfless service in the honored profession of law enforcement."

As a visible tribute to both Officer Grignon and the LMPD, Kentucky State Police officers will don customary black mourning bands over their badges until Officer Grignon is laid to rest.

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