Officer Byron William Riley

Officer Byron William Riley

Hollywood Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 30, 1973

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Byron William Riley

Officer Byron Riley and Officer Phillip Yourman were killed in an automobile crash while pursuing a purse snatcher.

The two officers were in an unmarked unit when they observed the crime. As they chased the suspect vehicle into a residential area the patrol car went out of control and struck a palm tree as they made a U-turn on Hollywood Boulevard at 57th Avenue. Both officers suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The suspect they were chasing was never apprehended.

Officer Riley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Hollywood Police Department for three years. He was survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 002
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

EDP, vehicle pursuit

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Officer Riley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 30, 2023

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