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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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I am currently on patrol and a thought of you came to mind. I then realized it was the date you left us. I still remember the terrible news and the shock of that day as if it just happened. I did not know you well having met you just a couple of times through a mutual officer friend of ours but it was easy to see why he respected you and considered you a dear friend. I guess I just wanted to say you are not forgotten brother. Rest in peace.

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Ret. Adrian PD Current Raisin Twp PD
February 4, 2016

 

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