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Officer Edward Everett Reed, Jr. | Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, California Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, California

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Edward Everett Reed, Jr.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 21, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 19477

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Edward Reed was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck his patrol car at the intersection of 42nd Street and Central Avenue.

The impact pushed the patrol car into a utility pole. Officer Reed was the passenger and was killed instantly. The drunk driver fled the scene on foot but was apprehended by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officer Reed and his partner were returning to the transit police headquarters from the Rail Central Control Facility at the time of the incident.

Officer Reed was assigned to the Bus Operations Bureau. He had originally been a member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District Police Department, which at the time of his death, was undergoing a merger with the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission to form the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 1997 that agency was merged into the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officer Reed was survived by his parents and fiance.

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Ed was a friend of mine...we went to high school together, and stayed in touch even after he joined the military. I joined the Oakland Police Department in 1985, and I remember his desire to also go into police work because he really wanted "to make a difference". That was Ed...a truly selfless and caring man...big and strong but gentle in has manner. I'll never forget his infectious grin and genuine concern for his fellow man. RIP my brother in blue, I'm honored to have known you.

Shaun Thurman, Sergeant (retired)
Oakland Police Department
May 30, 2015

 

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