Patrolman Harold L. Reeves

Patrolman Harold L. Reeves

Lincoln Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 1976

Harold L. Reeves

Patrolman Harold Reeves was shot and killed in from ambush after speaking to a woman about a dog control issue involving her dog.

He was driving away from the scene when the woman's 77-year-old boyfriend pulled up alongside his patrol car on Main Street. When Patrolman Reeves rolled down his window to speak to him, the man shot him in the head.

The man and his juvenile grandson, who was driving their truck, were arrested and charged with Patrolman Reeves' murder. The killer was committed to the state hospital for six months and then released.

Patrolman Reeves was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Lincoln Police Department for two years.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted due to mental illness

ambush, humane enforcement, retaliation

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So sad you were taken in the prime of your life. You were the victim of rage over a petty issue. Your murderer did not face justice in this world, but the final trial is not of this world.

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