Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 269
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Convicted of manslaughter
Special Officer Dwayne Reeves was shot and killed as he and his partner approached a car outside of Weequahic High School at approximately 1400 hours.
The officers had just broken up a fight between two female students and were talking with the girls when two men, one of whom was the brother of one of the girls, pulled up in a car and opened fire, striking Officer Reeves in the head and Officer Reeves' partner in the hand. Officer Reeves' partner was able to return fire and shot one of the suspects in the stomach.
Officer Reeves was taken to University Hospital where he died from his wounds. The suspect who was shot in the stomach was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, but wasn't arrested until the following day. On October 15, 2007, the suspect was found guilty of reckless manslaughter and sentenced to 10 yeas in prison. He was convicted of four other charges relating to the incident which added 20 additional years to his sentence.
Officer Reeves had served with the Newark School District Police for three years, and worked a second job with the Newark Housing Authority Police for a total of four years. He is survived by his wife and several children.