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Detective Keith Dressel | Toledo Police Department, Ohio Toledo Police Department, Ohio

Detective

Keith Dressel

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 812

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 18 years to life

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Detective Keith Dressel was shot and killed when he and another detective interrupted a drug deal on Ontario Street at approximately 2:00 AM.

One of the suspects fled on foot when the detectives exited their vehicle and identified themselves. Detective Dressel chased that suspect as the other detective took the second suspect into custody.

The juvenile suspect opened fire on Detective Dressel during the foot pursuit, striking him once in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Dressel was able to return fire, but did not strike the shooter. The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody later in the day after agreeing to turn himself into his probation officer.

On November 30, 2007, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years to life.

Detective Dressel had served with the Toledo Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to the Vice / Narcotics Bureau. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and sister.

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On a day that reminds us of your Unit number, we lost a K9. Falco was a beautiful German Shepherd assisgned to Officer Sam Snowberger. Falco was a young and emerging K9. He possessed exceptional vigor and zeal. He began to excel due to constant and committed training by his partner. Officer Snowberger is an exceptional handler and was always looking for ways to improve Falco's performance. It could be comfortably said that no K9 team trained harder. Falco was just coming into his own, displaying growing confidence and abilities that were only limited by what was asked of him.

He died, like you, serving the public good. He most likely passed taking a bullet that was meant for his handler. I trust that you will look after him and know you will appreciate the company of a hero.

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