Sergeant Christopher Reyka

Sergeant Christopher Reyka

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 2007

Christopher Reyka

Sergeant Christopher Reyka was shot and killed while checking on two suspicious vehicles in a convenience store parking lot at approximately 1:20 am.

He had parked next to the two vehicles and was checking their license plates.

As he exited his patrol car, an occupant of one of the vehicles also exited the car and opened fire, striking Sergeant Reyka several times. Customers of the store immediately called 911 to report the shooting.

Sergeant Reyka was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.

Sergeant Reyka was a U.S Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 9463
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender At large

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I was a 911 Police Dispatcher in Pompano Beach. Everyone knew that Sgt. Reyka was my favorite Sergeant. He was so nice, kind and decent and he loved his job. I woke up to a phone call from my supervisor telling me he was shot and killed. I was in shock and I still am. After work the next night I drove to Walgreen's and sat on a curb and sobbed. His blood was still on the pavement. Someone had put candles in the shape of a cross on the pavement. In the days and weeks to come people from all over the country stopped and left mementos at the site. I became the caretaker...stopping by every night to maintain the site. After several months it was decided to take the makeshift memorial down to make way for a permanent memorial. I made the decision to have a statue of an open book placed there. Four months before it was Sgt. Reyka's birthday and I asked him how old he was. He replied "I am as old as an open book...when you figure that out let me know". I never figured it out but I thought it was fitting.

VICKI HENRY
BSO

March 30, 2018

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