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Police Officer James J. Rivers | Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer

James J. Rivers

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, March 21, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer James Rivers was shot and killed while responding to a robbery. When he arrived at the scene he observed the suspect entering a taxi cab and ordered him to stop. The suspect produced a 9-mm handgun and exchanged shots with Officer Rivers. Officer Rivers was struck in the head but was able to shoot the suspect as well.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on July 24, 1966. He received an additional 30 years for armed robbery.

Officer Rivers had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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I went to school with Jim at West Division, he was a good friend of mine, God bless you.

Bill McQuerry
October 21, 2015


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