Officer Reed was shot and killed by convicted felon Daniel Erickson of Phoenix, who was shot dead after a lengthy standoff with law enforcement, Officer Reed, 50, left a wife, son and daughter to mourn him. Along with an entire White Mountain community of neighbors, friends, and his brothers and sisters in blue all over the country.
Officer Reed, who was a much-loved and respected member of the Show Low Police Department, had previously served his country as a security forces officer with the U.S. Air Force. He also served with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office for ten years before joining the Show Low Police Department.
Cathy and Darrin Reed’s son Chance, now 27, lives in Texas, where he works as a police officer, following in his father’s footsteps. Their daughter Cheryl also lives in Texas.
Officer Reed will never be forgotten as he is memorialized on the Navajo County Peace Officer Memorial.
There is also a scholarship fund associated with the foundation that was established in 2017 by veterans agencies, Show Low Police Department and Cathy Reed to help any high school graduates in the White Mountains with college funds.
We are always thinking of you Cathy, Chance, and Cheryl.
Rest in peace Officer Reed.
Molly K Ottman Executive Editor/Journalist for Mountain Daily Star.