Reid shot, killed by deputies – MSP mum on details

November 29, 2018

By Pat Maurer

Three Clare County Deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while Mt. Pleasant State Police investigate a shooting in Lincoln Township that left a

Facebook post of Bob Reid

Facebook post of Bob Reid

man dead.

Robert William Reid, 42, of Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene outside of his home last Wednesday evening, according to a preliminary report after an autopsy that was performed over the weekend. The report said Reid died from “multiple gunshot wounds.”

According to a press release from the MSP in Mt. Pleasant, it started when deputies were called to the scene of a reported felonious assault on the 1900 block of South Finley Lake Avenue around 9:24 p.m. November 21.

When the three deputies arrived they arrived they were “involved in the shooting” the MSP release said.

According to a post on 9 & 10 News, Reid’s father, Robert Reid, said he had told his uncle, “I’m going to pass away tonight,” and made him promise to stay inside the trailer, “no matter what.” The elder Reid said he was “shocked and confused” by the death of his son, who he said “got along with everybody.”

Posts on Facebook expressed sympathy,sadness and surprise at Reid’s death.

Valerie Mears posted, “Rest in Peace my friend. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this. You were always such a nice guy to me and I appreciated that you’d plow my driveway on a short notice. You will definitely be missed by many. Prayers to your family, I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Fellow worker Lucas Groover wrote, “Rest In Peace Bobbo. You were a crazy man but always funny as hell. You taught me a lot about guns and about work. I’m going to miss the days working with you and listening to your stories every morning when we got done with night shift.”

Juan Davis-Mercado wrote, “Damn… its crazy to think that Bob Reid is no longer here with us. Just talked to him last week. He’s One of the nicest, kindest, whole hearted people I have had the honor of meeting. One hell of a operator! The pipeline will never be the same with him.”

Emily Krueger posted, “I can’t say that I knew you well Bob, but I considered you to be one of the good guys with your big heart and rough edges. I’m heartsick to learn that we’ve lost you and how. I pray the investigation be swift yet thorough and that justice be done.”

Reid’s father, who was notified of his son’s death around 3 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, told 9&10 his son had been out hunting with his uncle during the previous day.

The State Police would not answer questions about what happened that evening, which CCSO deputies were involved, if Reid was armed, if he fired on police, or who else was involved in the “felonious assault.” They didn’t say if anyone else was injured during the incident.

Sheriff John Wilson said he couldn’t give any information until the Clare County Prosecutor reviews the investigators’ report.

The MSP said in an update, “There will not be any further comments at this time.”

In an interview with 9&10, Reid’s father said he was waiting to find out “what caused the whole thing to happen.”

The MSP investigators are still examining the incident. Their release said, “The results of the investigation will be presented to the Clare County Prosecutor’s Office for review.”

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