Officer Robert E. "Bob" Reed

Officer Robert E. "Bob" Reed

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 8, 1957

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Robert E. "Bob" Reed

Officer Bob Reed was shot and killed by a prisoner he had just arrested for speeding and attempting to allude arrest on U.S. Highway 101 near Ventura. The suspect crashed into a barricade and ran from the scene. Officer Reed captured him after a short chase.

The 36-year-old suspect complained of a injured ankle so Officer Reed transported him to the hospital instead of the jail. He was ordered to the psychiatric ward when he grabbed a bottle of cleaning fluid and tried to drink it as he was being examined. As he was transferred a gurney he grabbed Officer Reed's gun out of its holster and shot him.

The suspect was found to be insane and committed to a mental hospital. On July 28, 1960, he died at the state mental hospital in San Luis Obispo.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

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Thank you for your service and please know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 8, 2020

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