Officer James Leon Riley

Officer James Leon Riley

Royal Oak City Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, April 20, 1973

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James Leon Riley

Officer James Riley was killed in an automobile accident on Main Street during an undercover moonshine investigation. Although his death was ruled accidental, there is suspicion that foul play was involved in his death.

Officer Riley was a United States Air Force veteran who served with the Royal Oak City Police Department for over three years and had previously served with the Detroit Police Department. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 64
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident, undercover

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Officer Riley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2023

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