Detective John Reifel

Detective John Reifel

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 1948

John Reifel

Detective Reifel was shot and killed while questioning a homicide suspect on 26th Street.

He and his partner had located the man and begun to question him when the man suddenly produced a gun and shot them both, fatally wounding Detective Reifel. Another responding detective was able to shoot the suspect, who was later convicted and executed.

Detective Reifel had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

homicide investigation

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Rest in Peace Detective John Reifel. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Galveston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of the scum that murdered you. May he rot in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 5, 2016

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