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Officer Bryan A. Reese | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida

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Bryan A. Reese

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, August 29, 1935

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Bryan Reese was accidentally shot and killed by another officer during a gambling raid.

Patrol Officers Thomas and Williams, who were on duty in the section, received a complaint of the gambling in the rear of a house. They telephoned to headquarters shortly before 5 o'clock and asked for a radio patrol car to assist them in the raid. Officers Wright and Reese were sent on the call and the four officers moved in on the game together.

As Patrolman Thomas attempted to arrest a suspect his duty weapon discharged and struck Officer Reese in the chest. The bullet pierced Reese's chest just below the right collar bone and he died before aid could be summoned.

Officer Reese had served with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, three brothers and four sisters.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 19, 2013

 

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