Police Officer James J. Rivers

Police Officer James J. Rivers

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, March 21, 1966

James J. Rivers

Officer James Rivers was shot and killed while responding to a robbery. When he arrived at the scene he observed the suspect entering a taxi cab and ordered him to stop. The suspect produced a 9-mm handgun and exchanged shots with Officer Rivers. Officer Rivers was struck in the head but was able to shoot the suspect as well.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on July 24, 1966. He received an additional 30 years for armed robbery.

Officer Rivers had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I went to school with Jim at West Division, he was a good friend of mine, God bless you.

Bill McQuerry

October 21, 2015

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