Officer Charles C. Riley

Died on October 5, 1909

Age 35
Salt Lake City Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Officer Riley was shot and killed while escorting a suspect to jail in SLC. A reserve officer, the 34-year-old victim had located two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred just minutes before. Officer Riley and his prisoners were walking northbound on State Street at approximately 180 South when one of the men produced a pistol and shot the officer twice. The crime occurred in full view of a large crowd of patrons at the Orpheum Theater. The men fled but the shooter was later captured and convicted of first-degree murder. He was paroled in 1920. Officer Riley was married and the father of a young daughter. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.  His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Honorary Colonels.


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One response to “Officer Charles C. Riley”

  1. BL Smith says:

    Amazing how many people are affected by ones actions. I am so proud to be a member of the Utah Peace Officer Association which started the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial (we are located in the same building now)and recognize, each year, 14 (different) fallen officers. If anyone has contact information on relatives I am the keeper of fallen officer relative information so we can reach out to family/relative members when these events occur. I can be reached at blsmith@sandy.Utah.gov.

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