Captain Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

Captain Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

Dixie County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

Captain Chad Reed was shot and killed in a shootout with a man wanted for murdering two elderly women and shooting two other women in Hernando County.

Following the shootings and murders, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office put out an alert for the suspect and his vehicle. The vehicle was spotted in Dixie County and deputies began to follow it with the intention of stopping it in a rural area once it passed through town.

The driver of the vehicle suddenly pulled into a gas station and then opened fire on the deputies. Captain Reed and the suspect were both wounded during the shooting. Both men were transported to Shands Hospital, where Captain Reed succumbed to his wounds.

On February 10, 2011, the subject pled guilty of murder in the first degree in connection with Captain Reed's death and was sentenced to life in prison. In January 2012 the man was also convicted of two additional murders and subsequently sentenced to death.

Captain Reed had served with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office for 13 years and was a graduate of the 238th session of the FBI National Academy. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 54-6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to death

FBI National Academy, FBINA

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Today marks your 41st birthday on earth and your 8th in heaven. It still baffles me that I will never hear your voice again on this earth, but I truly believe that I will see you again in heaven. God promises if we are saved by His grace, then we will spend eternity in heaven with Him. That gives me the reassurance to know we will see you again! Your legacy lives on in our boys. I can see you in them every day...they have grown so much over the last 7.5 years. CJ is a junior in high school, Caden in 7th grade...doing great in school and playing sports! They both say they want to be LEO’s...I pray for their safety and for them to pursue their passion. If working as an LEO is their hearts desire, then I will support them 110%, just as I supported you. We have created a “new normal” for ourselves, but we continue to miss you every day. Our lives will never be complete bcz you are not here with us, but we know you are always in our hearts.......Our Hero...Forever In Our Hearts...#54-6

Your loving wife Holly Reed-Stemple
Dixie Co S.O.

September 24, 2017

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