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Warden Eugene Reiley | South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota

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Eugene Reiley

South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota

End of Watch: Friday, March 6, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 72

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Warden Eugene Reiley was shot and killed after being taken hostage during a prison escape from the South Dakota State Prison in Sioux Falls. An inmate's brother smuggled two guns into the prison and broke the brother and another inmate out. Before fleeing the prison the suspects raided the armory, stole several guns and took Warden Reiley hostage.

They were intercepted by other officers several miles from the prison and in the exchange of gunfire one of the inmates and Warden Reiley were killed. A second inmate and a police officer were also wounded.

Warden Reiley was survived by his wife and four children.

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I visited you today along with other members of our family. Sheriff of the Territory to Warden of the State Penn. Thank you for your service and the honor you bestowed upon our family.

Marijo Johnson
Los Angeles Police Department FSG
August 20, 2017

 

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