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

Officer Riley had 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 3 years
  • Badge 64
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident, undercover

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I am Uncle Jim’s great niece Tara. My mom his niece Margie was pregnant with me at the time of his death. I have heard nothing but great things about him And wish I could have met him. His sister, my grandma passed last year so I know they are together in heaven now and that makes me happy. Thank you for your service uncle Jim

Tara Dossett Carrico Riley Burgess

February 27, 2022

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