Chief of Police Edward James O'Reilly

Chief of Police Edward James O'Reilly

Orange Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 29, 1935

Edward James O'Reilly

Chief O'Reilly was shot and killed by a suspect he had arrested the pervious day for impersonating a Texas Ranger. On the previous day Chief O'Reilly disarmed a local preacher who was representing himself as a Texas Ranger. When Chief O'Reilly confirmed that the preacher was not a sworn peace officer, he arrested him and brought him before the county attorney who released the preacher without any charges. The suspect was upset that Chief O'Reilly had taken his weapons and on the following day drove by and shot him in the head with a shotgun.

Chief O'Reilly was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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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

May 29, 2015

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