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October 5, 2020
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Lt. Governor Griffin Mourns Death of Pine Bluff Police Officer
Says, 'Horrifically tragic' news comes just four days after Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony
LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin released the following statement on the death of a Pine Bluff Police Officer who was killed today in the line of duty: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Pine Bluff police officer who was shot and killed today in the line of duty as well as the officer who is wounded and currently in the hospital. This news is horrifically tragic and comes just four days after we commemorated Peace Officer Memorial Day by adding the names of three fallen officers to the monument at our State Capitol. My heart goes out to the Pine Bluff Police Department as they grieve the loss of one of their own. Our police officers take extraordinary risks in order to protect our communities, and they deserve our eternal gratitude."
About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin
He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children. ###