Police Officer Ronald Patrick Reagan

Police Officer Ronald Patrick Reagan

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Thursday, December 13, 1973

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Ronald Patrick Reagan

Officer Reagan was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a local bar while off-duty. He was inside of the bar when three men entered and announced a holdup. Officer Reagan drew his off-duty weapon and identified himself, at which point the third suspect, who Officer Reagan had not seen, shot him. As he lay on the ground all three suspects shot him several more times.

All three suspects were convicted of Officer Reagan's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Reagan had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Ron was one of my best friends even before he joined the Milwaukee PD. We were teenage "hotrodders" who did all the crazy stuff teenagers do. Ron joined the MPD in 1967 and later that year talked me into joining also. We both worked at #7 district where I was a patrol officer and Ron was a motorcycle officer. We often worked together when the weather was bad.
Ron was a huge guy (6'6", 250 pounds plus) but was known around the station as the "gentle giant". We had so many good times together both on and off duty.
On the night that Ron was killed I was working plainclothes on the tavern detail. I saw him at a local night spot (Beneath the Street). He was off duty. He asked me if I wanted to come to his buddy's bar after I got off work but I had to decline because I had court the next morning. I went home at 12:00AM and about 2;30AM I got a call telling me Ron had been killed at his buddy's in a holdup. Since that night 43 years ago I have wrestled with the memory of that night and my thoughts of what would have happened if I had decided to meet him. I will never know but it bothers me the this day. I was a pallbearer at his funeral and that has been one of the saddest days of my life.
REST IN PEACE OLD FRIEND...You are thought of often!!

Detective (retired) Bill Blumenberg
Milwaukee, WI Police Dept.

December 16, 2016

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