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Policeman Phillip J. Riley | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman

Phillip J. Riley

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, October 25, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # 14745

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 15 years to life

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Officer Phillip Riley was shot and killed by a man who grabbed his service revolver following a high speed chase in Venice. He was shot twice in the chest after cornering the suspect on the rocks of the Marina del Rey breakwater. The suspect was arrested after a second high speed pursuit and a shootout in which he was wounded.

The suspect was an inmate out on a 72 hour pass to look for a job from the Institution of Men at Chino. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life on May 3, 1973.

Officer Riley was survived by his wife.

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We called you "Smiley Riley". In Venice Records my BFF Bari (Grogan) Bentley was you play wife, I was your daughter, and Linda from clerical pool decided she was the black sheep of our family (she was a beautiful funny black girl). There was no prejudice in our little family! You were such a fair officer, greatly admired. I was working in the old Venie station on Venice Bl. the day you got shot. I prayed so hard for you and your beautiful wife who you loved so very much! I got mad at God for taking you. It changed my life. It also made me say no thank you to becoming a police officer that year as I had turned 21. Yours was the first officer funeral Bari and J ever attended. It was huge and it was sadness! Taken too young was a very caring and fair police officer and dear friend. Our good friend Jim Voge who had been a police student worker went into the Academy, ended up running Internal Affairs and ironically now resides with his beautiful wife Ramona here on the CA central coast. We all think of you to this day. Bari and I converse about you often. You are forever in our hearts and all of those who love you. You never saw me attain the position of Capt Secretary. RIP dear friend. I served almost 11 years at LAPD. I am turning 67 in Dec 2016 and retired last Feb. I feel watched over by you my forever play dad! We love you Phil!

Zita Lorraine Fortman
Pacific: Venice Div both Venice Bl & Culver and Centinela station
October 12, 2016

 

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