Warden Eugene Reiley

Warden Eugene Reiley

South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota

End of Watch Friday, March 6, 1936

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Eugene Reiley

Warden Eugene Reiley was shot and killed after being taken hostage during a prison escape from the South Dakota State Prison in Sioux Falls. An inmate's brother smuggled two guns into the prison and broke the brother and another inmate out. Before fleeing the prison the suspects raided the armory, stole several guns and took Warden Reiley hostage.

They were intercepted by other officers several miles from the prison and in the exchange of gunfire one of the inmates and Warden Reiley were killed. A second inmate and a police officer were also wounded.

Warden Reiley was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 72
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Warden Reiley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 23, 2021

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