Homicide Suspect in Missing Persons Case Killed During Sunnyvale Search - NBC Bay Area

Homicide Suspect in Missing Persons Case Killed During Sunnyvale Search

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    A homicide suspect in a missing persons case was killed in Sunnyvale Thursday morning while public safety officers were serving a search warrant at his home and he allegedly pulled out a weapon when he heard knocks at the door. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Thursday, June 5, 2014)

    A homicide suspect in a missing persons case was killed in Sunnyvale Thursday morning while public safety officers were serving a search warrant at his home and he allegedly pulled out a weapon when he heard knocks at the door.

    The man killed was identified by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety as 53-year-old Glenn Griggs. He was suspected in the death of Molly Franquemont, a woman reported missing in May 2013 who lived at the same address as Griggs, authorities said.

    Capt. Jeffrey Plecque said Griggs was killed after he "brandished" a weapon - a long gun - before 9 a.m. at a home at the intersection of Fair Oaks and Maude avenues.

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    “The officers knocked on the door, and they were ignored, and then the suspect displayed a weapon,” Plecque said.

    Plecque didn't give many details about why Griggs was suspected in Franquemont's disappearance - and suspected death. But he did say the two knew each other.

    “It evolved from a missing persons case into a homicide investigation, and we believe he was involved with the disappearance,” Plecque said.

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    Investigators say the woman was first reported missing about a year ago, and while they believe she was killed, they say her body has never been found.

    The morning shooting disrupted the normally quiet city of Sunnyvale.

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    An NBC Bay Area reporter heard at least 12 gunshots in the neighborhood at the time - and only later discovered Griggs was shot inside his home.

    NBC Bay Area's helicopter overhead showed a Sunnyvale SWAT truck, which had broken through a small wooden fence in front of a home in a residential neighborhood. A door to the home lay on the ground.

    At 9:25 a.m., the public safety department sent out an alert saying several streets had been closed because of the shooting. Columbia Middle School on Morse Avenue was locked down until shortly after 9:30 a.m. Just after 10 a.m., police said the scene was "stabilized."

    Officers spent the day collecting evidence and investigating the shooting. They even brought in a fire truck to take photos of the scene from a bird’s eye view.

    The last time a Sunnyvale officer shot and killed a suspect was in August 2013. The next month, a man was killed by a Santa Clara police officer during an undercover police drug sting in Sunnyvale in the parking lot of a Hobee's restaurant.

     

    NBC Bay Area's Alan Waples, Lisa Fernandez and Shelby Hansen contributed to this report.

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