Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

Milan Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1991

Steven Joseph Reuther

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.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Committed to state hospital


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A couple years ago. The city of Milan honored Steve and had his daughter attend city counsel meeting where they unvailed the new design on the squad car doors where they’ve placed steve’s Badge and number as part of the decal for the city...

Jeffrey S. Taylor
Former Sargent Milan Police Reservest

January 26, 2018

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