Marshal John W. Reives

Marshal John W. Reives

Redding Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 1921

John W. Reives

Marshal John Reives succumbed to two gunshot wounds received five days earlier while attempted to arrest two suspects.

He had observed the suspects commit a burglary and had ordered them out from behind a bush. The suspects opened fire on him, striking him in the hand and in the back. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The two suspects were later arrested.

The suspect who shot Marshal Reives was convicted of his murder and sentenced to death. On July 18th, 1921, Governor W. D. Stephens commuted his sentence to life.

Marshal Reives was survived by his wife, two children, mother, and two brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 9, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace, Marshal Reives. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

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