Patrolman Harold L. Reeves

Patrolman Harold L. Reeves

Lincoln Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 1976

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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 WWII veteran who had served with the Lincoln Police Department for two years and in law enforcement for five years. He was survived by three brothers and two sisters.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 5 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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Patrolman Reeves,
On today, the 47th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 10, 2023

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