Grover Beach police officer shoots suspected robber

David Jordon Griffin
David Jordon Griffin

Grover Beach police released additional details this afternoon about an officer-involved shooting in a mobile home park early Friday.

David Jordon Griffin is in County Jail after he allegedly walked into a gas station early Friday carrying a machete, then ran to a nearby mobile home park and tried to run over police officers with his car.

Griffin, 24, was shot in the upper thigh by a Grover Beach police officer after he put his car in reverse and began backing up toward several officers, “trying to run them over,” according to a news release from Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey.

A Grover Beach police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the county District Attorney’s Office investigates the incident, Copsey said.

Griffin was booked into County Jail on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and attempted homicide. Bail was set at $1 million.

The incident started at 1:24 a.m. Friday, when a robbery was reported at the Kautz Chevron station at 1284 W. Grand Ave.

A man later identified as Griffin — dressed in a black sweatshirt and a beanie with a bandana covering his face and carrying a machete — left the gas station and ran into the mobile home park at 1370 W. Grand Ave., Copsey said.

Officers from the Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach police departments, the CHP, and deputies from the Sheriff’s Department surrounded the park and began searching for Griffin.

A police dog from the Arroyo Grande department was sent in to search for Griffin but could not find him, Copsey said. Soon after the dog was pulled out of the search, an officer spotted Griffin.

“He didn’t listen to the officer when asked to get down on the ground,” said Copsey.

Instead, Copsey said, Griffin ran back into the mobile home park, got into his vehicle, and drove forward, crashing into a small shed next to one of the homes.

He then reversed his vehicle and started driving in reverse toward the officers. The Grover Beach officer, believing his life was in danger, fired at the vehicle, striking the car and Griffin, who crashed into a carport, Copsey said.

Griffin was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital at 2:50 a.m., where he was treated for his injuries, and then taken to County Jail.