Gregory Adams was the 31-year-old police chief of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, and a nine-year veteran of law enforcement back in 1980. Saxonburg, a rural town, had a population of just 1300, so he was the only full-time officer. On December 4, Adams made a routine traffic stop in the parking lot of the local Agway Feed Store. He used his patrol car to stop the suspect by blocking the parking lot exit. This didn’t seem different than any other day on patrol, but when Adams asked the suspect for his driver’s license, he attacked and shot Adams to death.
Join us at the quiet end for Wrong Place, Wrong Time. The killer took Adams’ gun, ran to his patrol car, and took his keys before driving away in his own car. Despite the extensive manhunt that followed, the case went cold for over 30 years, when it was too late to hold the killer accountable.
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The Ghost: The Murder of Police Chief Greg Adams and the Hunt for His Killer by Maureen Boyle
Mystery finally solved in Saxonburg police chief’s slaying, WPXI News, 7/14/2017
Officer Down Memorial Page: Chief of Police Gregory Blaise Adams, https://www.odmp.org/officer/1052-chief-of-police-gregory-blaise-adams, Ret. 2/9/2023