Re-dedication ceremony for P.C. (Bro.) David Gregory and 6 other fallen officers of Hamilton/Wentworth Police Service.

Re-dedication Ceremony for P.C. (Bro. David Gregory.

P.C. (Bro.) David Gregory

 

On Wednesday, September 27th a Re-dedication Service was held for Seven Fallen Officers of the Hamilton=Wentworth Police Service including P.C. (Bro.) Davin R. Gregory.

Constable  (Brother) David R. Gregory
August 29th, 1962
Age 26 / 2 Children

On Wednesday, August 29th, 1962 Constable Gregory was investigating a citizen's complaint of a suspect on the street who was carrying a shotgun wrapped in newspaper.  George Brewster, a former policeman, was driving on James Street when he caught sight of Bruce Griffett.  He picked up Constable Gregory and drove him to Hughson and Augusta Streets where they waited.  When Griffitt came down Houghson Street, Gregory approached him with his gun holstered.  Griffett turned and shot and killed Gregory with a 16 gauge shotgun.  Brewster removed the officer's gun from its holster, shot, and wounded the suspect.  The suspect then took the shotgun he was carrying and shot and killed himself.
In 1959 Bruce Griffett, the suspect, was diagnosed as insane.  He was a potentially dangerous schizophrenic.   Only his mother's reluctance stopped him from being institutionalized at that time.  Twenty-four hours prior to his death he had bludgeoned to death his mother and a neighbour who came to her assistance.