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Police Officer Herman Reinhold Gloe | Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Herman Reinhold Gloe

Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, December 12, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Herman Gloe was shot and killed after responding to a burglary alarm at a jewelry store on Pearl Street, NW.

When he arrived at the scene he discovered that the front door had been forced open and he entered the store to investigate. He encountered a man with a .22 caliber handgun and exchanged shots. Both men were struck and Officer Gloe was mortally wounded. Another officer arrived at the scene and ordered the man to drop the gun and then shot the suspect when he refused to drop the gun.

The suspect fled the store but died from his wounds a short time later.

Officer Gloe was survived by his wife and three children.

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I worked with Herm two nights prior to his death. I'd just purchased a bullet proof vest (they weren't issued back then because it was a very new product). I gave him a brochure so he could show his wife. The next night he said that it would be a great Christmas gift. I told him that he should wear it first because they were a bit bulky. I told him that he should wear it on what turned out to be that horrible night. He declined because he was taking an hour off at the beginning of his shift to take a final exam at GR Junior College. I told him it wasn't a big deal and that I'd give it to him at the end of our shift so he could wear it after he took the exams. Typical Herm, he thanked me but said he'd wear it the day after the exam. The vest very well could have made a difference but we will never know. Herm was a great police officer but an even greater person! His fateful decision to hold off on wearing the vest will haunt me to the day I die.

Off. Gary Crum
GRPD/ Retired
May 4, 2016


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