Sergeant Grant Whitus is a 26-year veteran of a Colorado sheriff’s office. He served 17 years on SWAT, the last seven as the Team Leader.
Grant is a certified Explosive Breacher and a Colorado POST Certified Instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response (Lone Wolf), SWAT, Responding to In-Progress Calls, Law Enforcement Driving, Precision Immobilization Technique, Building Searches, Close Combat Techniques, Traffic Stops, and Civil Law for the Patrol Officer, as well as many other disciplines.
Grant attended Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges.
Grant has received 16 Medals, including five Medals for Valor, and is the most decorated employee the a sheriff’s office. In 2002, Grant and his SWAT Team were honored as “Police Officer of the Year”.
Sgt. Grant Whitus
Grant was the Lead SWAT Team member during the Columbine High School shooting. He gave aid to the teacher who was shot and then was the first to enter the library and locate the shooters. Listen to the true and accurate account of what occurred at Columbine from the person who was actually there. Grant was also the Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Additionally, he was the Team Leader who devised and executed the explosive tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006, the only one of its kind. Most recently, Grant was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. The officer was rescued without injury while the suspect was shot by SWAT.
Inside the Classroom – Platte Canyon High School – KMGH 7 News
Whitus was afraid the gunman would either set off the explosives or execute the hostages. “Everyone agreed this was going to happen, so before 4 o’clock we knew (the entry) had to happen,” said Whitus.
Shoot First: Columbine Transformed Police Tactics – Fox News
“Whitus and other SWAT officers tried to wheel Sanders out of the classroom on an office chair. Whitus was holding bandages to Sanders’ wounds when he died.”
The Zero Hour – Law Enforcement Today
“Along with Park County Sheriff’s deputies, the Jefferson County Sheriff command staff, and a former SWAT team leader, Sgt. Grant Whitus, were responsible for the positive outcome that day.”