Police Officer James R. Reifschneider

Police Officer James R. Reifschneider

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, April 30, 1977

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James R. Reifschneider

Officer Reifschneider was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop on I-270. He was standing by the driver's side door of a violator's vehicle. A drunk driver struck him and dragged him 150 feet down the roadway. The suspect fled the scene. The suspect was found passed out in the back seat of his vehicle parked in front of his residence.

Officer Reifschneider had been a member of the St. Louis County Police Department for 16 years and was survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 430

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Arrested

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Hey Reif:

Another year and man, it went too fast. Seems like yesterday we roamed St. Louis County lookin' for and grabbin' bad guys. You were always great to work with ...also great to knock around with off duty.

Man, I miss you buddy. We'll meet again.

Ken Dye
St. Louis County Police Department

May 1, 2018

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