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Patrolman John S. Reese | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


John S. Reese

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, September 2, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/14/1976

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Reese succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three weeks earlier after he and his partner responded to a call involving a man with a gun. When they arrived at the scene they were told by the suspect's mother that the man wanted to kill himself but had left the home.

The officers patrolled the area around the home for a short time and then returned to the home. As they approached the home they noticed several people standing on the porch. As they continued to approach the porch the suspect suddenly yelled out that he was not going back to jail and immediately shot himself in the stomach. The suspect's father then attempted to subdue him but knocked him off of the porch. The suspect then began firing at the officers, striking Patrolman Reese. Although wounded, Patrolman Reese was able to return fire and strike the suspect.

The suspect died a short time later as a result of the shot he inflicted upon himself. Patrolman Reese was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he died three weeks later.

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Dear Uncle John,

Dear Uncle John,

Thirty-seven years have gone by and we miss you more and more every day. You were taken from us so suddenly and tragically. You were the backbone of our family and a true hero not only us but to our county having served in Vietnam in the Military Police and then as a Cleveland Police Officer. I'm now in Washington D.C. visiting you at the National Law Officers Memorial Wall where I feel closest to you. I will be participating in the 38th running of the Marine Corps Marathon tomorrow (10/27/13) in your honor. I wish more than anything you were here to run it with me and be by my side like you did when I was a little girl. I know that you will be with me in spirit and cheering me on from above with grandma Stella. I promise to 'Run Like the Wind' in your memory (in bib #12451). I love you very much. Your always in my heart, Kristin

Kristin Ludwig Rodeno
October 26, 2013


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