Policeman Phillip J. Riley

Policeman Phillip J. Riley

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 25, 1971

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Phillip J. Riley

Officer Phillip Riley was shot and killed by a man who grabbed his service revolver following a high speed chase in Venice. He was shot twice in the chest after cornering the suspect on the rocks of the Marina del Rey breakwater. The suspect was arrested after a second high speed pursuit and a shootout in which he was wounded.

The suspect was an inmate out on a 72 hour pass to look for a job from the Institution of Men at Chino. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life on May 3, 1973.

Officer Riley served with the Los Angeles Police Department for three years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 14745

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years to life

foot pursuit, vehicle pursuit

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I work in Pacific Division and specifically for the Venice Beach Detail. Thank you for your service and I will ensure your name is not forgotten but remembered by those who continue to serve and live in the community.

P2 David Martin

November 13, 2022

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