Officer Robert E. "Bob" Reed

Officer Robert E. "Bob" Reed

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 8, 1957

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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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 8, 2017

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