Police Officer Herman Reinhold Gloe

Police Officer Herman Reinhold Gloe

Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, December 12, 1974

Herman Reinhold Gloe

Police Officer Herman Gloe was shot and killed after responding to a burglary alarm at a jewelry store on Pearl Street, NW.

When he arrived at the scene he discovered that the front door had been forced open and he entered the store to investigate. He encountered a man with a .22 caliber handgun and exchanged shots. Both men were struck and Officer Gloe was mortally wounded. Another officer arrived at the scene and ordered the man to drop the gun and then shot the suspect when he refused to drop the gun.

The suspect fled the store but died from his wounds a short time later.

Officer Gloe was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dad, today you would've turned 75. I think of you more than usual on your birthday as I grow older. Memories of you are still so faint and wish I had more. It's strange to miss someone I never got to know but I do. Pictures!...so many pictures of you, Cindy and I share given to us from Mom that I am so grateful for. It's your soulful eyes and shy grin that I can feel when I view you in these photos. Always thinking of you...

Your Daughter-Kimberly


August 2, 2017

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