Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz

Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz

Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 1922

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Phillip Reitz

Chief of Detectives Phillip Reitz was shot and killed after responding to a call of a citizen who feared for his life during a labor unrest.

At about 4:30 am, a non-striking railroad shop foreman was being threatened by 500 striking workers who had surrounded his house on Garnsey Avenue in Joliet. When officers arrived, the railroad workers fatally shot Chief Reitz in the heart, killing him instantly.

The striker who allegedly shot Chief Reitz was shot and killed by the Will County Sheriff, who was also wounded in the head and leg.


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Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace Chief of Detectives Reitz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 15, 2021

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