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

Patrolman

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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Happy Birthday John. You will always be young, you will always be handsome, you will always be missed by all of us who love you.

You will never be forgotten!

Love you!

Darlene Ludwig
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November 28, 2014

 

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