Warden L. Pressley Reeves

Warden L. Pressley Reeves

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1908

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L. Pressley Reeves

Warden Reeves was shot to death while returning to his home near Reevesville by an assassin hidden by the roadside. All details point to a cold blooded murder without excuse, except that Warden Reeves had determined to enforce the law and had thereby incurred the hatred of certain criminals.

Warden Reeves had left his home about dark to carry a load of cotton pickers to their homes. About an hour later, Warden Reeves was found dead in his wagon. He had been shot in the head with buck shot.

A warrant was never issued in this case, although there was strong circumstantial evidence pointing to the murderer.

Warden Reeves was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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I served the State of SC for 35 yrs. Many times during those years the older officers spoke of Pressley and several other officers now deceased but never forgotten in the ranks of us that cared for the memory of the fallen gamewardens... that paved the way for the officers now serving our great state. I know Pressley and the others now gone would approved of this new breed. may he always be remembered.

Sgt Lee M. (Skeet) Mills, Jr
SC Dept of Natural Resources

September 22, 2015

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