Case Number: 6879

Riley, Sam - Age 30 (Col.) - Shot to death at 49th & Federal Sts., by Officer John F. Scott, whom he threatened with a revolver when the latter attempted to arrest him on charge of murder (of Fred Utroska). On 10/11/21 Scott was exonerated by the Coroner. 3 Dist.


Date of Offense October 5, 1921
Date of Death October 5, 1921
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 49th & Federal sts.
Type of Location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of Public Place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location Description 49th & Federal st.
Description Victim killed resisting arrest
Total Number of Victims 1
Location 49th & Federal st.


Name Riley, Sam
Age 30 years
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity African American


Name Scott, John F. Officer
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Killed While Protecting Person Protecting self
Occupation/ Skill Law Enforcement, Police


Precinct 20
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Defendant Identified at Scene No


Date of Coroner's Decision October 11, 1921
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Exonerated, Commended
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No