In Memoriam: Officer Charles C. Riley

Officer Charles C. Riley was 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 the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you have memories or photos of Officer Riley to share, please email or call (801) 799-3340.