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Detective John Reifel | Galveston Police Department, Texas Galveston Police Department, Texas


John Reifel

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, June 5, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Detective Reifel was shot and killed while questioning a homicide suspect on 26th Street. He and his partner had located the man and began to question him when the man suddenly produced a gun and shot them both, fatally wounding Detective Reifel. Another responding detective was able to shoot the suspect.

Detective Reifel had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.l

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Rest in Peace Detective John Reifel. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Galveston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of the scum that murdered you. May he rot in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 5, 2016


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