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Sunnyvale Cold Case Investigation Leads To Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting

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SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) – A Sunnyvale man shot dead by police Thursday and suspected of killing a woman reported missing last year has been identified as 53-year-old Glen Griggs, according to police.

The shooting occurred after officers went to Grigg’s home at 498 N. Fair Oaks Ave. this morning with a search warrant and a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of homicide, Capt. Jeffrey Plecque said.

The search warrant was to look for evidence in the suspected murder of a woman named Molly Franquemont, who had been living at the same address as Griggs prior to being reported missing in 2013, Plecque said.

Investigators looking into Franquemont’s disappearance have found evidence indicating that she was murdered and that Griggs, who they described as an acquaintance, was responsible, Plecque said.

Cold Case Suspect Shot And Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Sunnyvale

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Officers serving the warrant made repeated attempts to contact Griggs, the sole occupant of the home, but received no response and eventually forced entry, Plecque said.

Inside, they were confronted by Griggs, who had barricaded himself and was armed with a gun, Plecque said.

Officers retreated and called for Griggs to surrender, but when he emerged from the back of the home he had what was described as a “long gun” in his hands.

After Griggs ignored orders to drop the weapon, officers fired and shot him, Plecques said. Griggs was treated at the scene and transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

Police are still investigating the incident and are not yet able to reveal how many officers fired at the suspect or the number of times the man was hit by bullets, Plecque said.

A joint investigation into the shooting will be conducted by Sunnyvale police and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

The probe into the officer-involved shooting and the suspected homicide of the female will be lengthy because the same officers working the homicide case took part in shooting the suspect, Plecque said.

Those officers will not be available to continue on the murder case for the duration of the department’s investigation into today’s shooting and so new officers will have to be assigned to it, Plecque said.

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