Patrolman Oscar J. Reinhardt

Patrolman Oscar J. Reinhardt

Monroe Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, August 19, 1923

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Oscar J. Reinhardt

Patrolman Oscar Reinhardt was shot and killed while pursuing a speeding automobile containing seven men who had just robbed patrons at the Allendale Inn in Detroit.

The suspects shot and wounded two men and a woman before escaping with $6,000 to $20,000 in money and jewelry. When they sped through Monroe, Patrolman Reinhardt attempted to stop the automobile while on his motorcycle. The driver fired at Patrolman Reinhardt four times in the stomach. Patrolman Reinhardt returned fire and struck one suspect in the shoulder.

Patrolman Reinhardt succumbed to his wounds two hours later.

The suspects abandoned the car in a swamp just outside Monroe next to Lake Erie. A posse, several deputy sheriffs, and the Michigan National Guard captured five of the suspects, including the gunman, during a seven-day manhunt. The other two were identified and later apprehended.

The 25-year-old gunman was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. On September 20, 1955, his sentence was commuted to a term that made him eligible for parole.

Patrolman Reinhardt was a United States Army World War I veteran and had served with the Monroe Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, motor officer, robbery, traffic stop

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Patrolman Reinhardt,
On today, the 100th 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 during World War I.


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August 19, 2023

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