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Police Officer Robert D. Riley | Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer

Robert D. Riley

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 10, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Riley and Officer Thomas Matulis were shot and killed while attempting to intervene with a disorderly man outside of a local bar. The two officers were off-duty and leaving a baseball game when they observed the man. As they attempted to calm the man he produced a handgun and shot both officers. The suspect was convicted of two counts of murder but had the convictions overturned on appeal by claiming self defense.
Officer Riley had been with the agency for six years.

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Police Officer Thomas George Matulis
Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 10, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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You were always a good man and a great friend. I pray for you often.

Janes R. Wronski
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November 8, 2015

 

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