Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In Memoriam: Officer Charles C. Riley

The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one its own: Officer Charles C. Riley, killed in the line of duty October 5, 1909.

Officer Riley was shot and killed while escorting a suspect to jail in Salt Lake City. A reserve officer, the 34-year-old victim had located two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred just minutes before.

Officer Riley and his prisoners were walking northbound on State Street at approximately 180 South when one of the men produced a pistol and shot the officer twice. The crime occurred in full view of a large crowd of patrons at the Orpheum Theater.

The men fled but the shooter was later captured and convicted of first-degree murder. He was paroled in 1920.

Officer Riley was married and the father of a young daughter. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you have memories or photos of Officer Riley to share, please email policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit http://www.slcpd.com/. Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.