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Deputy Superintendent James J. Riordan | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Deputy Superintendent

James J. Riordan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, June 6, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 34 years

Badge # 103

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/6/1981

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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First Deputy Superindentent James J. Riordan was shot and killed when he confronted an intoxicated person creating a disturbance.

Deputy Superindentent Riordan was attending a dinner at a downtown hotel when the incident occurred. As he confronted the intoxicated man the offender produced a .380 caliber handgun and shot him in the chest several times.

The gunman was arrested and convicted. He was sentenced to life for the murder.

Deputy Superintendent Riordan had served with the agency for 34 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children. Five of his children are now police officers.

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Dear Sir:

I am 80 year old and remember all those years I served
under your command. You were a great leader, mentor and
friend.

I acquired a letter written by your assailant who states he lives in constant daily fear that your brothers or a Chicago
Police Officer will come after him.
I'm sure that where your are, in one of God's Mansions, that you are in leadership position. Good Lord willing we will be together again!!!

Walter Vallee

Deputy Chief Walter Vallee
Retired Chicago Police Department
October 12, 2013

 

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