Detective John Reifel

Detective John Reifel

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 1948

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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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So happy that you are enjoying time with your brother, Walter Reifel, in Heaven.
Rest in Peace,
Your great niece,

Cindy Reifel

December 24, 2018

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