Officer Byron William Riley

Officer Byron William Riley

Hollywood Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 30, 1973

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Byron William Riley

Officer Byron Riley and Officer Phillip Yourman were killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a purse snatcher.

The two officers were in an unmarked unit when they observed the crime. As they chased the suspect vehicle into a residential area the patrol car went out of control and struck a palm tree, killing both officers. The suspect they were chasing was never apprehended.

Officer Riley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Hollywood Police Department for three years. He was survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 002
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

August 30, 2020

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