The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .
CHARLES VERNON MCGRIFF
Sheriff McGriff was shot and killed Tuesday, October 21, 1941, as he and several deputies attempted to arrest an escaped mental patient. The suspect had returned to his home and his family wanted him removed.
During the shootout a deputy was injured and both the suspect and Sheriff McGriff were killed.
Sheriff McGriff had served in law enforcement for 24 years. He was 59 years old.