Policeman Sidney Riegel

Policeman Sidney Riegel

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1961

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Sidney Riegel

Policeman Sidney Riegel was shot and killed, and his partner was seriously wounded by an ex-convict wanted for robbing a liquor store.

The suspect opened fire on the officers when they attempted to arrest him outside a residence on Pierce Street in Pacoima. He surrendered to a newspaper reporter a week later.

On November 9, 1961, suspect, 30, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life.

Policeman Riegel was a United States World War II veteran and served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 4299
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, convicted felon

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The actions of LAPD chief Moore are disgusting and so disrespectful of the officers on this site. I was raised not as a victim but to be a productive member of society. To all the so-called victims out there whose feelings may be hurt by the Blue line flag, I say tough luck and quit whining!

Elaine S Riegel

January 17, 2023

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