Officer Donald F. Reed

Officer Donald F. Reed

Garden Grove Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 1980

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Donald F. Reed

Officer Donald Reed was shot and killed while attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant.

He and three other officers arrested the man at a local bar at 8112 Garden Grove Boulevard. As they were walking him out of the back door, the man suddenly jerked free and pulled a .22 caliber pistol from his jacket pocket. He fatally shot Officer Reed and wounded two other officers.

The suspect was sentenced to death in two separate trials. The man died in prison on July 7th, 2019, while still on death row.

Officer Reed had served with the Garden Grove Police Department for three years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

warrant service

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SAN QUENTIN —Condemned inmate John George Brown, 71, was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State Prison cell on July 7, 2019, he was pronounced dead at 6:47 p.m.
Brown was sentenced to death in Orange County on June 11, 1982, for the June 7, 1980, murder of Garden Grove Police Department Officer Donald F. Reed. Reed, 27 years old, was fatally shot when Brown opened fire on him and two other police officers who had tried to serve him a felony arrest warrant. Brown was convicted of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.


July 9, 2019

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