Deputy Superintendent James J. Riordan

Deputy Superintendent James J. Riordan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, June 6, 1981

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James J. Riordan

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.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge 103

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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First Deputy Superintendent James (Jim) was a real gentleman, a Police officers friend. A dedicated father and cared for all who came in contact with, both on and off the job. I am happy to have known him both as a friend and as a fellow police officer, who took time to listen to any and all problems happening on and off the job.It is a pleasure to have known him, his family and friends. We all miss you. Keep us safe and pray for all of us

Retired Police Officer Lawrence Ide
Chicago Police Department

June 6, 2016

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