Police Officer Francis Melvin "Jack" Rea

Police Officer Francis Melvin "Jack" Rea

North Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 3, 1954

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Francis Melvin "Jack" Rea

Officer Rea was shot and killed during a shootout while investigating a burglary at a warehouse. As he and the assistant chief arrived at the scene in a patrol car when they observed the suspect run in between two houses. Officer Rea exited the patrol car with his shotgun and pursued on foot as the assistant chief drove around the corner to cut the suspect off.

When the suspect emerged from on the other side of the houses he fired at the patrol car and he then ran back between the houses. When he did so he was confronted by Officer Rea. The two exchanged shots and Officer Rea was struck once in the head.

The suspect escaped from the scene and remained at large until 1967. He was finally apprehended and charged with Officer Rea's murder. He was initially sentenced to death but the sentence was later reduce to life in prison.

Officer Rea had served with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

burglary in progress

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This most recent loss of a policewoman brings back your memory and monument in the same neighborhood. You were our favorite patrolman when I was 15 and lived on Redwood. Your loss was deeply felt and remembered throughout the ensuing years!

Judith (Alderson) Taylor
former neighborhood child served by patrolman Jack ReaQ

June 20, 2019

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