Officer Edward Everett Reed, Jr.

Officer Edward Everett Reed, Jr.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1993

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Edward Everett Reed, Jr.

Officer Edward Reed was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck his patrol car at the intersection of 42nd Street and Central Avenue.

The impact pushed the patrol car into a utility pole. Officer Reed was the passenger and was killed instantly. The drunk driver fled the scene on foot but was apprehended by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. He pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Officer Reed and his partner were returning to the transit police headquarters from the Rail Central Control Facility at the time of the incident.

Officer Reed was assigned to the Bus Operations Bureau. He had originally been a member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District Police Department, which at the time of his death, was undergoing a merger with the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission to form the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 1997 that agency was merged into the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officer Reed, who had also served as a U.S. Army military policeman, was survived by his parents, fiancee, and two sisters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 19477
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to seven years

drunk driver

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Yesterday marked the 27 year anniversary of Ed's last night on patrol. I'll NEVER forget that night as Officer Trulock and I received a call for help as the traffic collision was broadcasted to all units. We were one of the first units on scene, when we eventually realized that our brother was fatally injured in the crash caused by a drunk driver. The details and heartbreak will always be remembered as I continue my career in law enforcement.

As I look back and reflect on some of the memories, Ed definitely had an influence in my career. I remember the days of our "extended" pre-academy and eventually academy with classmates Trulock, Gomez, Becerra and Rice. Ed was the PT stud and motivator, as the physical portion came easy to him because of his Army background. He pushed us, but was also light hearted enough to be the class clown at times. He was an awesome friend and partner! It's so unfortunate that his life and career was so short, but I trust that His ultimate plan will someday be revealed to us all.

To the REED Family and Friends, I hope you're well and hope to catch up with you all someday. May God bless you all !

Ofcr. A. Navarro Badge #19456
RTD/MTA PD - Rio Hondo Class 107

February 22, 2020

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