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 Reinhardt was shot and killed during a pursuit of a speeding automobile containing seven men who had just robbed patrons at the Allendale Inn, shooting and wounding two men and a woman and escaping with $6,000 to $20,000 in money and jewelry. The suspects abandoned the car in a swamp just outside of 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 survived by his wife. He was a World War I Veteran.


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

Incident Details

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

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your heroic actions and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 19, 2020

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