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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

Incident Date: 2/21/2007

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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Keith, Thought of you yesterday as I do every day. Sang a little happy birthday and know you were smiling. Lots of The Cure played on Pandora yesterday. Feels like heaven came in and I smiled. Know that we love you and miss you! Happy birthday Keith! Love you!

Jen
Your big sister
March 29, 2014

 

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