Detective Sergeant Allen A. Glass

Detective Sergeant Allen A. Glass

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1947

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Allen A. Glass

Sergeant Allen Glass and Captain LeRoy Geach were shot and killed while attempting to question a burglary suspect in a hotel room on Sierra Street.

The officers, along with two other detectives, had gone to the hotel to question the men. When they knocked on the door, they were met with resistance by one of the suspects but were able to disarm him. Sergeant Glass and Captain Geach then went to the bedroom, where they located the second suspect in the bed.

As Captain Geach removed the blanket, the suspect immediately opened fire, striking both officers. One of the other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody. He was convicted of the murders, sentenced to death, and executed on April 22, 1949.

Sergeant Glass was a United States WWII veteran and had served with the Reno Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1949

burglary, investigation

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Det. Sgt. Glass,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 8, 2022

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