Chief Special Agent Will C. Reed

Chief Special Agent Will C. Reed

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, July 4, 1920

Add to My Heroes

Will C. Reed

Chief Special Agent Will Reed was shot and killed at 3:00 am while searching for three men who had reportedly burglarized a freight car in Elbing, Kansas.

He and his partner received word that the suspects had boarded a train heading to the railroad yards in North Wichita, Kansas. The officers waited for the train to arrive and began searching for the suspects.

The men hid in nearby weeds but were observed by the officers. As the officers approached the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding Agent Reed. His partner returned fire but did not strike the suspects. All three suspects were apprehended several hours later.

Agent Reed's killer, age 30, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years. The other two, 17 and 38, were both convicted of manslaughter. The 17-year-old was sentenced to 5 to 20 years and the other to two years.

Agent Reed was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

larceny, trespasser

Most Recent Reflection

View all 10 Reflections

Chief Special Agent Reed,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

July 4, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.