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.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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To his daughter Janet. Your father is forever in our hearts. His duty to his state and mostly to his partner that night will never be forgotten. I for one am very proud of your father. I also have lost CHP friends and partners. Please know that your father will live in all his brothers and sisters hearts and Especially his fellow CHPY family. Semper Fi to you, your family and especially your brave father. God bless you Janet and please always know that the Blue and Gold are family and you and your family belong to the proudest family in the world.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol/SLA Area 530

October 9, 2019

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