Hero Down: Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant Killed By Fleeing Suspect

Holly Matkin

Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant was intentionally hit by the suspect's vehicle while she was deploying stop sticks.

Springdale, OH – Springdale Police Department (SPD) Officer Kaia Grant was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, after a fleeing suspect intentionally slammed into her patrol vehicle as she was attempting to deploy tire-deflating devices on the interstate.

The events leading up to the 33-year-old officer’s death began at approximately 8 p.m. on March 19, when 42-year-old Terry Blankenship broke into his estranged wife’s Blanchester home and pointed a gun at her boyfriend, the News Journal reported.

The boyfriend managed to call 911 before he and the gunman got into a physical altercation, Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt said.

Blankenship “pistol-whipped” the male victim and allegedly threatened suicide by cop before he fled the scene, the News Journal reported.

The department immediately notified area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the armed suspect, and cautioned that he had threatened to have officers kill him.

Blanchester police also contacted Clinton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andrew McCoy at home and were able to obtain approval to charge Blankenship with aggravated burglary.

Law enforcement officers in multiple jurisdictions attempted to locate Blankenship all day on March 20, but were unsuccessful, the News Journal reported.

At approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, Elwood police spotted the wanted suspect and attempted to pull him over, WXIX reported.

Blankenship refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit on Interstate 75 northbound and onto Interstate 275 eastbound, police said.

Officer Grant and Springdale Police Sergeant Andrew Davis monitored the situation over the radio and headed out to intercept the fleeing suspect, WXIX reported.

As Blankenship was nearing Winton Road, Officer Grant and Sgt. Davis got out of their patrol vehicles and began pulling stop sticks out onto the roadway to deflate his tires, according to WKRC.

The suspect was traveling at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour during the chase, WXIX reported.

While the officers were outside their cruisers, Blankenship intentionally crashed his truck into their vehicles, which then hit the officers, according to WKRC.

“It’s our belief that Mr. Blankenship purposefully diverted his course of travel to purposefully strike our officers,” SPD spokesperson Officer Keenan Riordan told WXIX.

Officer Grant and Sgt. Davis both suffered injuries during the crash, but Officer Grant received the brunt of the impact.

She was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, WXIX reported.

Sgt. Davis, a 30-year veteran-of-the-force, was rushed to Bethesda North Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Blankenship was seriously injured in the collision and remained hospitalized on Sunday, according to Officer Riordan.

His handgun was recovered at the scene, and he is expected to face charges in connection with killing Officer Grant.

Blankenship’s criminal history includes one prior assault arrest and four prior domestic violence arrests, according to the News Journal.

Those five cases resulted in him being convicted on just two counts of disorderly conduct, Chief Reinbolt noted.

Officer Grant served the SPD for eight years.

“Our officers used their vehicles as shields,” Officer Riordan said, according to WXIX. “Unfortunately, we never expected the suspect to what we believe deliberately ram the vehicles and use his own vehicle as a weapon. It’s just a really, really unfortunate time for us, for sure.”

Chief Reinbolt said that Officer Grant died while protecting citizens from a community entirely separate from the one she served, the News Journal reported.

“Springdale police officer Kaia Grant was killed in her effort to apprehend Blankenship,” the Blanchester police chief said. “Our hearts are heavy with grief for her, her fellow officers and her family. She died protecting the citizens of Blanchester, people she had never met. Words cannot express our gratitude.”

Springdale Police Chief Thomas Wells described the young officer as “dynamic” during a press conference on Sunday, WKRC reported.

“She was kind of one of those people that you knew when you met her, this is somebody we need. This is somebody who is going to make a difference in our community,” Chief Wells explained.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered all state and U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Grant, the News Journal reported.

“The void created by this officer’s sacrifice can never be filled and will never be forgotten,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement to WKRC. “My deepest condolences are with the Springdale community.”

Officer Grant is survived by her parents, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Springdale Police Department Officer Kaia Grant, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (49)
JBoH
JBoH

Rest in peace Officer Grant. You made a difference in this life and you will be missed. Deepest condolences to your family, blood and blue. We'll take it from here. God bless.

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Quasar704
Quasar704

“Usual suspect”?

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

not this time

flybynight
flybynight

Probably a white guy manufactured the stop stick on top of that.

SAAM
SAAM

Usual troll.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Oh, definitely this time... White guys kill the fuck out of cops

Quasar704
Quasar704

Why do you feel the need to defend white criminals? I thought you u were non-white? You seem more and more like an ass kisser everyday

Quasar704
Quasar704

Why respond? Go fuck yourself drama queen

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Usual troll, typical troll, troll bunny.. the list goes on.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Yet you couldn’t resist replying could you? Your crush on me is creepy as fuck

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Aw, Punkin.. does calling you out for who you are hurt your wittle feelings?

SAAM
SAAM

You notice he cant write a sentence without cursing? I believe his mental development stunted at age prepubescent.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

I think even sooner!

Quasar704
Quasar704

Contrary to your 5th grade belief... People that use profanity are often found to be more intelligent than others you dumb fuck 😂😂😂

Quasar704
Quasar704

Sure... Some inbred, shit kicker calling me troll pains me🙄

flybynight
flybynight

Hey at least you got a few emojis from one of the tribe 13 members. Well done.

SAAM
SAAM

Yeah. We can tell.

SAAM
SAAM

And I just love the emoticons when you get butt hurt!

Quasar704
Quasar704

Dude... Be yourself, this “emoji” argument is weak as fuck. Also... Idk where you got the idea “butt hurt” is a “cool” or “hip” phrase.... But it isn’t... Not by a long shot. It’s cringe worthy and makes the user of it automatically appear old and lame as fuck 😆😂😭

SAAM
SAAM

Dude!!!!??? LMAO! Talk about lame.

flybynight
flybynight

"Dude" is one of those immature names he constantly uses. Must be a ghetto thing.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Talk about a weak comeback. I want more than 1 emoji DUDE!! What a joke you are. Keepin' it simple for the resident simpleton.

Quasar704
Quasar704

😂😂😂 ol “boomed”

Quasar704
Quasar704

I don’t think you realize that “LMAO!” Is the same thing as “😂” you idiot “LMAO!”

Quasar704
Quasar704

The fact that you u weirdos are following the lead of an obviously gay male that is completely obsessed with me says a lot about you morons smfh😆😂😂

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Scumbags a scumbag! They come in all colors!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I never said I was non-white..... and I am not defending white criminals. I am just calling you out for your racist comments, which seem to be occurring more frequently and with more troll fashion than previously allusions.

Quasar704
Quasar704

So.... It IS “racist” to make comments such as “usual suspects”? Who would’ve thought? I just don’t get why you never feel the need to address the exact same comment when white supremacists make it?

You certainly implied you were non-white the very first time I replied to one of your comments. It really doesn’t make a difference though, the bottom line is you’re a ducking hypocrite, like MOST of the LE community

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Who is obviously gay? Are you finally coming out DUDE? Lol

Quasar704
Quasar704

Agreed... I just don’t see comments concerning the RACE of the scumbag if the scumbag is white. I don’t see anyone “checking” the OP when they make this same exact comment on an article featuring a black scumbag either.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I have no idea why the race of some son-of-a-bitch has to do with anything! I see a individual as a individual! I looked at these photos of officer Grant and she appears to be a sincerely nice person! The fact that some ass could intentionally hit her with a vehicle is beyond comprehension! I'm numb! I'm a vet! I've seen shit no one should have to see! No one seems to put a value on life anymore! Everyone just seems they want to agon each other...........

Heezels
Heezels

Rest In Peace Officer Grant.

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

That sucks, and I feel compelled to say she looks like a genuine nice person which isn't as common as you might think. I'm sure her Dept, her friends, her family will miss her greatly. RIP Ofc. Grant

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

Praying for her family both blood and blue

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Sister...

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Officer Grant. Prayers to your family and friends. 🙏😢👮‍♂️💙

Too bad the POS waste of oxygen wasn't killed too!! Now he's just a drain on taxpayers!!

Mic911
Mic911

Both officers were super good at their job! Sgt. Davis was my CCW instructor back in 2011 and though I have never met Ofc. Grant I heard was a great and caring cop. Rest in Peace Kaia, you served us well..and thank you for your service.

Marxest
Marxest

A white guy.

MSK
MSK

Rest In Peace Officer Grant. Another hero taken from us way to early.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the DAUGHTERS of GOD. Matthew 5:9

SupportOurBlue
SupportOurBlue

God bless all of you at this tragic time.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is why I would support lead poisoning

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

RIP


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