Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 17 years, 2 months, 19 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 4th District - Stanton
District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 46
Date of Birth: 23 Dec 1898
Date of Appointment: 18 Feb 1928
Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth
End of Watch: 07 May 1945
Date of Interment: 11 May 1945
Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-2
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 21
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 44
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 57-E: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Eugene L. Reid, Jr., Star #5408, aged 46 years, was a 17 year, 2 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District – Stanton.
On May 7, 1945, Officer Reid was working his beat inside the Harlem Liquor Store at 222 East 35th Street conversing with the proprietor, Julius Dinkin. While he was inside, Barney Johnson, age 35, entered the store and forcibly pulled a female patron, Gladys Dawson, age 28, outside the store where a second female, Mattie Richie, was waiting. An argument ensued between the two women and Johnson. Officer Reid, seeing this, went outside and attempted to mediate the argument. Johnson became indigent with Officer Reid’s interruption and drew a gun and fired at the officer. Officer Reid was struck in the groin and was able to return fire. Officer Reid shot Johnson a total of nine times using the two revolvers he carried before succumbing to his own injuries. Both Officer Reid and Johnson were transported to Michael Reese Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
A follow-up investigation into Barney Johnson revealed that Gladys Dawson, Johnson’s common law wife, had filled an official complaint against Johnson on May 2, 1945.
Officer Reid was waked at Charles B. McMinn Funeral Home. He was laid to rest on May 11, 1945 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Eugene L. Reid, Jr., born December 23, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 18, 1928. He earned 2 Credible Mentions during his career.