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Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz | Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

Chief of Detectives

Phillip Reitz

Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Monday, August 7, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz was shot and killed after responding to a call of a citizen who feared for his life during a labor unrest.

At about 4:30 am, a non-striking railroad shop foreman was being threatened by 500 striking workers who had surrounded his house on Garnsey Avenue in Joliet. When officers arrived, the railroad workers fatally shot Chief Reitz in the heart, killing him instantly.

The striker who allegedly shot Chief Reitz was shot and killed by the Will County Sheriff, who was also wounded in the head and leg.

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Rest in Peace Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps. I also Pray that those responsible for your murder shall forever burn in hell.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 7, 2016

 

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