Motorcycle Policeman James J. Reilly

Motorcycle Policeman James J. Reilly

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 1942

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James J. Reilly

Motorcycle Policeman James Reilly was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a violator on West Washington Street.

The accident occurred as Policeman Reilly was attempting to pass a vehicle going in the same direction that began to make a left turn as he was pursuing a speeding vehicle. Policeman Reilly's motorcycle struck the rear bumper of the turning vehicle and the impact threw him and his motorcycle into the path of an oncoming vehicle, killing him instantly.

Policeman Reilly had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his mother, two sisters and three brothers, one of whom is also a member of the department.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Reilly,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Indianapolis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 29, 2022

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