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


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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We went to St. Francis de Sales HS Memorial Mass for Alumni and staff today. Father O gave a very thoughtful Homily. When Jen, Canyon, Riley, Neil, Dad and I went out to our cars, something wonderful happened. Dad and I were parked between Jen and Neil's cars. When I put the key in and turned it, one of the songs that you wanted played at your funeral came on the radio. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Izzy does not come on the radio very often. When it does it is just before we go to something for you or after it is over. Wow, Keith. Thank you for sending us this message. It means a lot to us. Please keep sending them because we are very atuned. Oh, yes, we were playing the radio so loud in the parking lot so Jen and Neil could hear it. It was so cool. And who would have guessed that the two old people would be the ones with the loud radio?

Larraine Dressel
November 2, 2014


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