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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Grandpa, I never got to call you that or meet you, but I have heard about you all my life. Thank you for giving all you had in protecting others. Your life story began my life long passion in Genealogy. I have heard many stories from mom about hunting and fishing with you when she was young. Thank you for having been a fantastic father and husband and leaving all your family with the honor of being your family. You are surely in many hearts and on many minds.
Love, your granddaughter

Andrea Macik Cheatham

June 28, 2019

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