Correctional Officer Samuel Reed

Correctional Officer Samuel Reed

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, April 11, 1969

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Samuel Reed

Correctional Officer Samuel Reed was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The inmate, 31. had been sentenced to prison in 1960 for 25 years for a robbery conviction. In 1965 he received an additional 40 years for stabbing a fellow inmate to death. An additional life term was added on April 24th, 1970, when he was convicted of Officer Reed's murder. In 1981 during a prison riot he took a dozen staff members hostage but none were killed. He was considered the most dangerous inmate in the Iowa prison system.

Officer Reed had served with the Iowa Department of Corrections for 15 years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. May the scum who took your life and others rot and suffer forever.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 11, 2019

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