Deputy Sheriff Thomas L. Reuter

Deputy Sheriff Thomas L. Reuter

Grant County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, March 19, 1990

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Thomas L. Reuter

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Reuter was shot and killed when he stopped a tractor being driven by a 18-year-old man at approximately midnight. The driver shot him as he approached.

The man was convicted of first degree homicide and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Deputy Reuter had served with the Grant County Sheriff's Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years to life

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We never Knew Tom. We had only just moved to this area when such a dreadful thing happened. Our hearts burned for the man, his young wife
and such a beautiful family, now left alone in stunned grief.
There have since been such wonderful articles in the paper to help us know
the fine family man & friend of the community that we lost, WASTED senselessly! The poem above says it so well! These officers are out there trying to help & protect, and take their lives in their hands in the darkness so often. -So often thankless. I have great admiration for Tom's son, who chose to pick up where his Dad left off.
We think of Tom often, especially now when so many Officers are getting a
bad rap all across the nation from the media.
Thanks to the friends & co-workers who got the word out about the parole
hearing. Sending a letter is the very least we can do.
We SALUTE you Tom, the job you did well, & the strength of your fine family to go forward.

M. Smalley
Just down the road

March 25, 2015

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