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Chief of Police Ernest H. Keller | Drumright Police Department, Oklahoma Drumright Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police

Ernest H. Keller

Drumright Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, August 10, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Chief Ernest Keller was shot and killed by two men who mistook him and another officer as robbery suspects.

Chief Keller and the officer had been notified that two robbers were walking along railroad tracks near a slaughterhouse. As the two officer walked down the tracks they observed two men approaching and ordered them to throw up their hands. The man instead opened fire, killing Chief Keller and wounding the other officer.

The two men were also looking for the robbers and mistook the officers for the suspects.

Chief Keller was survived by his wife.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 4, 2013

 

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