Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Sidney Riegel

  • Rank: Policeman
  • Serial Number: 4299
  • Division: Van Nuys
  • Location: 12923 Pierce St.
  • Date Killed: Saturday, May 6, 1961
  • Cause of Death: Gunshot wound


Policeman Sidney Riegel was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded by an ex-convict wanted for robbing a liquor store. The suspect opened fire on the officers when they attempted to arrest him outside a residence on Pierce Street in Pacioma. He surrendered to a newspaper reporter a week later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on November 9, 1961.

Policeman Riegel was survived by his wife and two daughters. He was a World War II veteran.