Officer Donald F. Reed

Officer Donald F. Reed

Garden Grove Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 1980

Donald F. Reed

Officer Reed was shot and killed while attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant. He and three others officers arrested the man at a local bar. As they were walking him out of the back door, the man suddenly jerked free and started shooting, fatally wounding Officer Reed. Two other officers were also wounded.

The suspect was sentenced to death in two separate trials.

Officer Reed had served with the Garden Grove Police Department for 3 years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Don Reed is one of 5 officers from Garden Grove PD (The Fallen Five) who was killed in the line of duty. This happened just two months before I went into the police academy which made my wife extremely nervous. Ofc Reed will never be forgotten by the GGPD, and what it means to "serve and protect" your community.

Michael Verrengia - Sr. Reserve officer
Garden Grove (CA) PD

June 7, 2017

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