Suspect arrested in killing of Pa. game officer near Md. line

  • Christopher Lynn Johnson
Christopher Lynn Johnson (Handout photo )
November 12, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday morning in the killing of a Pennsylvania game officer who had been investigating reports of poaching.

Christopher Lynn Johnson, whose criminal history includes convictions for burglary, fleeing from an officer and endangering children, had been sought by authorities in Pennsylvania and Maryland after Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove, 31, was found dead of gunshot wounds Thursday evening on Shrivers Road in Freedom Township, Pa., southwest of Gettysburg and near the Maryland line.

A spokesman for Maryland State Police, Gregory M. Shipley, said troopers from a special apprehension team and the Westminster and Frederick barracks were involved in the search for Johnson until the suspect was arrested about 10 a.m. in Pennsylvania.

Authorities had quickly zeroed in on Johnson as the suspect in Grove's killing, and said he was on the run in a blue 1999 Chevrolet pickup, might be injured and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser told the Associated Press that it was the first time a game officer had been slain while on duty since 1915.

In 1997, Grove graduated from Grace Academy in Hagerstown, and he attended Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, W.Va., from 1997 until 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University in 2004.

Grove was commissioned a full-time wildlife conservation officer on March 8, 2008, and assigned to the southern district of Adams County, Pa.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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