ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — WKRG News 5 has learned that Poarch Band of Creek Indians Police Chief Mike Reynolds passed away suddenly Wednesday morning. Family members tell us Reynolds died of a heart attack.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians send their condolences to Reynolds’ family. Law enforcement colleagues tell WKRG News 5 he was one of the finest people to work with and he will be deeply missed. Reynolds was 59 years old.

Proach Band of Creek Indians Tribal Chair & CEO Stephanie Bryan released a statement following Reynolds passing:

“It is with a heavy heart I share the news that our Chief of Police, Mike Reynolds, passed away unexpectedly today after suffering a heart attack.

Mike was an esteemed law enforcement professional serving and protecting others for more than 35 years.  He began his career as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. After his tour of service, Mike went to work for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department where he quickly rose through the ranks. When the City of Chickasaw chose Mike to be its Chief of Police, he designed and implemented a community-oriented policing philosophy that became a model for others.

Mike became the Tribe’s Chief of Police in 2016 and he brought his commitment to community-oriented law enforcement to our own Poarch community.   During his years at Poarch, Mike worked tirelessly to ensure the public safety of our community where he forged deep connections with countless Tribal members and our neighbors. 

Above all, Mike was a policeman through and through, and on learning of his passing, members of law enforcement from Mobile and Baldwin Counties came together to escort his remains from the hospital to a funeral home in Mobile County.

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Mike’s family and his many law enforcement colleagues.  Details will be shared regarding Mike’s funeral arrangements once they are provided.”

This is a developing story we will update as more information becomes available.