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CHARLES LEO REED
1951 - 1996

On March 22, 1996, Special Agent Charles Leo Reed died as a result of gunshot wounds received in connection with an undercover drug investigation. SA Reed had met suspect Jonathan M. Cramer, a reputed Center City Philadelphia drug dealer, and was attempting to purchase cocaine from him. Both men were in SA Reed's car, which was parked in a hotel parking lot near the Philadelphia waterfront. A gun battle ensued, and SA Reed and Cramer shot and killed each other.

SA Reed was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He received his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Accounting from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1979, SA Reed entered on duty with the FBI and was assigned to the field office in Albany. He transferred to Philadelphia in 1980.

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