Sergeant Steve Matthew Reeves

Sergeant Steve Matthew Reeves

Cobb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 24, 1999

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Steve Matthew Reeves

Sergeant Steve Reeves and Officer Stephen Gilner were shot and killed during a SWAT raid. The two officers were on a SWAT Team entering a house during a standoff of a man who had shot and wounded another officer earlier in the day. After knocking in the door and setting off stun grenades, the team entered the house and the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, striking Sergeant Reeves, the fourth man in a five-man tactical entry team.

Officer Gilner, the fifth man on the team, entered the residence to pull Sergeant Reeves out of harm's way. He then re-entered the residence, at which point he was also shot. They were both transported to a local hospital. Sergeant Reeves died shortly after midnight. A third officer who entered the house was also shot and wounded.

The Cobb County Sheriff's Department's SWAT Team took over the mission early the next day. The suspect was shot and killed as he attempted to escape the residence the next morning. The incident began when the suspect assaulted one of his neighbors, completely unprovoked. As the responding officer approached the suspect he was shot in both arms, both legs, and the back with a .40-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Sergeant Reeves had served with the Cobb County Police Department for 14 years and is survived by his wife and two teenage sons.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 0091

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, July 23, 1999
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Killed during second raid

Raid, swat

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As I reflect on my years in the Army (proud Paratrooper) and service to my community beginning in 1988, I always think of you when I began policing as a "khaki" at Cobb PD.

You personally acknowledged my military and combat experience. You were humble and encouraged me to always do my best.

I think of you often. I am sad that you are no longer among us to be a leader/role model that is so desperately needed in society and law enforcement now.

Just A. Cop

November 20, 2021

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