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Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther | Milan Police Department, Michigan Milan Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Steven Joseph Reuther

Milan Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, February 4, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 8

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Committed to state hospital

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Police Officer Steven Reuther was shot and killed when he was ambushed at the police station, at 35 Neckel Court, as he arrived to begin his shift.

The subject had been waiting outside of the police station for approximately 45 minutes. As Officer Reuther drove into the parking lot the subject pulled in behind him and parked several spots away from him. When Officer Reuther started walking into the police station the man opened fire with an AK-47 rifle, striking him in the back of the head and killing him instantly.

The man fled the scene but returned eight minutes later and turned himself in to the chief of police.

The man was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital.

Officer Reuther was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Steve was one of my best friends. We became friends in 4th grade and remained best of friends through high school at Napoleon. We kept in touch for awhile, but eventually had no contact with one another. I learned of Steve's death when another high school buddy called me. Shock doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. Al had to repeat several times before it sunk in. I drove up from Indianapolis to attend Steve's funeral and was deeply moved by the ceremony. The honor he received was fitting for my childhood friend.

The reason I write this is because it used to be that fallen law enforcement officers didn't receive the receive the recognition they do today. It has become almost customary around Indianapolis anyway, streets and highways have been named after fallen law enforcement. To my knowledge, no such honor exists for Steve. I realize it has been a long time since his death, but perhaps he and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice could be honored in a similar manner?

Steve will remain in my memories for my remaining days. I'm glad we were once the best of buddies.

Mitch Carl
Friend from our youth
October 3, 2017

 

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