Police Officer Reed Howard

Police Officer Reed Howard

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, March 25, 1932

Reed Howard

Officer Howard was shot and killed while working an undercover operation in an attempt to purchase illegal liquor. Officer Howard entered the blind pig with an informant and then became involved in an argument while inside. Officer Howard was shot by a person inside but was able to return fire and killed the suspect. Officer Howard was taken to Receiving Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Howard had served with the Detroit Police Department for 2 years. He the first black officer to be killed in the line of duty while serving with the agency.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Salute fellow officer Reed Howard!!!

LT. Roosevelt Lawrence, Jr. (Retired.)
Detroit (MI.) Police Department

February 26, 2015

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