Officers Down: Man Who Lied About Hiding Fugitive Going to Prison

December 16, 2021Carl Prine
US Marshals Service

The oldest federal law enforcement agency, the US Marshals Service, boasts 94 marshals who oversee 3,953 deputy marshals and criminal investigators nationwide. US Marshals Service photo by Shane T. McCoy.

Grant Grandison lied about hiding an armed fugitive shortly before the man shot two deputy US marshals, and now Grandison will spend the next two years behind bars.

US District Court Judge Kimba M. Wood on Tuesday also sentenced the Bronx party store owner to three years of supervised release after he exits federal prison. Grandison will pay $80,775 in restitution to taxpayers, too.

“Grant Grandison lied when a team of deputy US Marshals, NYPD officers, and Massachusetts state troopers came to his apartment early on the morning of December 4, 2020 to arrest Andre Sterling, who was a fugitive from law enforcement,” Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a prepared statement following the sentencing. “After Grandison lied to them, two federal agents were shot and injured that fateful morning, and several other agents were placed in serious danger. Grandison will now serve a meaningful sentence in prison to account for his crimes. This office stands firmly behind all of our law enforcement partners, and especially the US Marshals Service, as they work to enforce the laws and keep all New Yorkers safe.”

Sterling died during the exchange of gunfire. Grandison escaped injury.

Grant Grandison
Federal agents counted more than 40 shell casings littering the floor of the small Bronx apartment following a shootout with a fugitive on Dec. 4, 2020. US Marshals Service photo.

Grandison, 36, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal agents on June 28, 2021. The typical sentence range for his offense runs between 10 and 16 months in prison. The probation officials recommended five months behind bars, plus three years of supervised release.

Grandison’s federal defender declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by Coffee or Die Magazine, but in a filing shortly before Grandison’s sentencing, the attorney called Grandison’s lie shortly before the tragic shooting an “aberration” for “a peaceful man” who was known in the Bronx for being a law-abiding businessman.

“He is a man who respects the law and would never intentionally endanger the lives of law enforcement officers,” attorney Amy Gallicchio continued. “It certainly was not his intent on December 4, 2020 when United States Marshals arrived at his door and when he denied the presence of anyone else in the apartment. Mr. Grandison’s actions on December 4th and his efforts to help Andre Sterling in the days preceding the tragic moment at his apartment door, are unquestionably aberrational and not in keeping with his otherwise prudent and moral character. Mr. Grandison deeply regrets his actions and offers his sincere apology to the United States Marshals who were injured and their families that were impacted as a result.”

Grant Grandison lied about hiding US Marshals fugitive
The oldest federal law enforcement agency, the US Marshals Service boasts 94 marshals who oversee 3,953 deputy marshals and criminal investigators nationwide. US Marshals Service photo by Shane T. McCoy.

The case began on Nov. 20, 2020, when 35-year-old Sterling shot a Massachusetts State Police trooper during a traffic stop in the Cape Cod town of Hyannis. Later that night, Sterling stole a blue BMW and drove to New York to hide in Grandison’s apartment in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.

The men were longtime friends who had migrated from the Caribbean nation of Jamaica.

Grandison asked a friend to drive the BMW back to Massachusetts, but she never made it there. A police officer noticed the stolen car and arrested her in Connecticut. She was taken to Middletown Superior Court and didn’t seem to realize that Sterling was a wanted man. She agreed to be extradited to Massachusetts and made bail there, and Grandison drove her back to New York.

On Nov. 24, 2020, a federal arrest warrant for Sterling was issued in Massachusetts. Agents in Massachusetts tracked his logins on a Yahoo email account to the Bronx apartment, and the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in New York was ordered to arrest him.

US Marshals fugitive
The oldest federal law enforcement agency, the US Marshals Service boasts 94 marshals who oversee 3,953 deputy marshals and criminal investigators nationwide. US Marshals Service photo by Shane T. McCoy.

At dawn on Dec. 4, 2020, a team of deputy US marshals, a New York Police Department detective, and a trooper from the Massachusetts State Police lined up outside Grandison’s apartment. A man later identified as Grandison opened the door slightly when they knocked, and he peered out.

From behind a ballistic shield, a deputy US marshal banged on the partially open door, shouting, “Police! US Marshal! Arrest warrant!” and ordered Grandison to the floor.

The agent asked Grandison if anyone else was in the apartment. He lied, denying anyone was there. The agents believed him and entered the two-bedroom flat.

Just past the living room, one of the bedroom doors was cracked open. A deputy US marshal went to shut it. Sterling emerged from the bedroom, brandishing a firearm. The law enforcement officers ordered him to show his hands.

Instead, he started shooting at them at close range. In the small apartment, they couldn’t escape. They were trapped. When the gunfire ended, three law enforcement officers were down.

US Marshals fugitive
The US Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency, created by the Judiciary Act of 1789 during the presidency of George Washington. US Marshals Service photo by Bennie J. Davis III.

A bullet entered the waist of one deputy US marshal, then ricocheted into his thigh. He was also hit in the right hand and left elbow.

A second unidentified deputy US marshal took a round to his right thigh.

One of the agents fell hard on the unnamed NYPD detective, crushing his leg.

Agents counted more than 40 shell casings littering the floor. They also recovered 12 bullets and the body of Sterling.

“By Grandison welcoming his friend into his home, I believe that he is responsible for what his friend chose to do that day, as well as what happened to his friend,” wrote one of the two wounded deputy US Marshals in a statement to Wood. “Using deadly force is the absolute last option to resolve a situation in the minds of every United States Marshal. That decision severely impacts the individual who carried out that task, as well as the counterparts they work with. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, are just a few of the ways that this situation has impacted the individuals involved that day.”

Read Next: Exclusive: Parsons Police Officer Opens Up About Murdered Puppy ‘Ranger’

Carl Prine
Carl Prine

Carl Prine is a former senior editor at Coffee or Die Magazine. He has worked at Navy Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

More from Coffee or Die Magazine
Coffee Or Die Photo
From the Team Room to Team Room Design: An Operator’s Creative Journey

BRCC partners with Team Room Design for an exclusive T-shirt release!

Coffee Or Die Photo
Get Your Viking On: The Exclusive 30 Sec Out BRCC Shirt Club Design

Thirty Seconds Out has partnered with BRCC for an exclusive shirt design invoking the God of Winter.

Grizzly Forge BRCC shirt
Limited Edition: Grizzly Forge Blades on an Awesome BRCC Shirt

Lucas O'Hara of Grizzly Forge has teamed up with BRCC for a badass, exclusive Shirt Club T-shirt design featuring his most popular knife and tiomahawk.

BRCC Limited Edition Josh Raulerson Blackbeard Skull Shirt
From Naval Service to Creative Canvas: BRCC Veteran Artist Josh Raulerson

Coffee or Die sits down with one of the graphic designers behind Black Rifle Coffee's signature look and vibe.

Medal of Honor is held up.
Biden Will Award Medal of Honor to Army Helicopter Pilot Who Rescued Soldiers in Vietnam Firefight

Biden will award the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam War Army helicopter pilot who risked his life to save a reconnaissance team from almost certain death.

dear jack mandaville
Dear Jack: Which Historic Battle Would You Want To Witness?

Ever wonder how much Jack Mandaville would f*ck sh*t up if he went back in time? The American Revolution didn't even see him coming.

west point time capsule
West Point Time Capsule Yields Centuries-Old Coins

A nearly 200-year-old West Point time capsule that at first appeared to yield little more than dust contains hidden treasure, the US Military Academy said.

  • About Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • Careers
Contact Us
Contact Us
© 2024 Coffee or Die Magazine. All Rights Reserved