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Officer Donald F. Reed | Garden Grove Police Department, California Garden Grove Police Department, California


Donald F. Reed

Garden Grove Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, June 7, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Reed was shot and killed while attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant. He and three others officers arrested the man at a local bar. As they were walking him out of the back door, the man suddenly jerked free and started shooting, fatally wounding Officer Reed. Two other officers were also wounded.

The suspect was sentenced to death in two separate trials.

Officer Reed had served with the Garden Grove Police Department for 3 years.

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Don Reed is one of 5 officers from Garden Grove PD (The Fallen Five) who was killed in the line of duty. This happened just two months before I went into the police academy which made my wife extremely nervous. Ofc Reed will never be forgotten by the GGPD, and what it means to "serve and protect" your community.

Michael Verrengia - Sr. Reserve officer
Garden Grove (CA) PD
June 7, 2017


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