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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

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: 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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 6, 2015


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