Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

Milan Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1991

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Steven Joseph Reuther

Police Officer Steven Reuther was shot and killed when he was ambushed at the police station at 35 Neckel Court as he arrived to begin his shift.

The subject had been waiting outside the police station for approximately 45 minutes. As Officer Reuther drove into the parking lot, the subject pulled in behind him and parked several spots away from him. When Officer Reuther started walking into the police station, the man opened fire with an AK-47 rifle, striking him in the back of the head and killing him instantly.

The man fled the scene but returned eight minutes later and turned himself into the chief of police.

The man was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital.

Officer Reuther had served with the Milan Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Committed to state hospital


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Today is Steve’s birthday April 5th. I have thought about him all day. I never stop missing him. When I read the reflections that his friends and family have wrote it warms my heart. They make me remember the person Steve was. Some of them make me laugh. And some make me want to cry. And some make me do both. But they are all great memories of who Steve was.
He was a great brother and I will always love and miss him.
I love you Steve!

Steve’s oldest sister

April 6, 2022

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