First Deputy Superintendent James J. Riordan #103

Name: Riordan, James J
Star: 103
Memorial Panel #: 20
Rank: First Deputy Superintendent
District / Unit: Bureau of Operational Services
End of Watch: 06 June 1981
Incident Details: First Deputy Superintendent James J. Riordan, 57, was a 33-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. On June 6, 1981, he was unarmed and off-duty at Lattner’s Restaurant in Marina City. According to eyewitnesses, Leon Washington, the offender, was intoxicated and harassing restaurant patrons. Riordan intervened when Washington, a former Iowa police officer, harassed one of his dinner companions. As Riordan was escorting Washington, 35, into a corridor beside the restaurant, the offender pulled a gun and shot him three times. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Leon Washington was arrested and convicted. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder. First Deputy Superintendent Riordan’s funeral mass was held at St. Gertrude Church and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, and their children: James, William, Patrick, Michael, Joseph, Elizabeth and John.