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Officer John Rhinehart Miami Police Department, Florida


John Rhinehart "Bob" Riblet

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 2, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Riblet and Deputy Wilber Hendrickson, of the Dade County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed while attempting to prevent a jail escape. The brother of one of the prisoners went to the Dade County Jail, knocked on the door, and shot Deputy Hendrickson when he answered it.

Officer Riblet, who was walking his beat nearby, heard the shot and immediately responded to the scene. He and the suspect exchanged shot and were both killed. The prisoner, who was the suspect's brother, was not able to escape. However, the prisoner did escape three years later and continued a life of crime with a gang of his brothers and other criminals known as the Ashley Gang.

On January 9, 1924, the escaped member of the gang shot and killed Deputy Frederick Baker, of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, as a posse attempted to arrest them in the Everglades. One of the other gang members was also killed. The rest of the gang members were shot and killed by a posse in November 1924.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Wilber W. Hendrickson
Dade County Sheriff's Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 2, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Frederick A. Baker
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 9, 1924
Cause: Gunfire

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