Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer

Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 20, 2017

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Keith Wayne Boyer

Police Officer Keith Boyer was shot and killed as he and another officer investigated an accident near the intersection of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street.

Unbeknownst to the officers, the vehicle that caused the crash was stolen and being driven by a gang member who had just been paroled. The parolee had just committed another murder hours earlier. As Officer Boyer attempted to conduct a pat down on the subject, the man suddenly pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire. Officer Boyer was killed and a second officer was wounded. Despite the wounds, the officers returned fire and wounded the subject.

Officer Boyer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Boyer had served with the Whittier Police Department for 27 years and was preparing to retire. He is survived by three adult children, mother, and stepfather.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 249

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

accident investigation, murder suspect, parolee, stolen vehicle

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Officer Boyer made a sacrifice that most people would never dare make. He went out and served the community for 27 yrs and I know for a fact changed many people's lives through out his time. It is unfortunate that someone would selfishly take the life of a Officer Boyer who was just trying to make the community he served safer for everyone. As I begin my journey into law enforcement the story of Officer Boyer has shown me that I should cherish every minute I have with my family because anything can happen in the blink of an eye. My condolences go out to Officer Boyer's family.
I did not have the honor of meeting Officer Boyer but with the amount of years with the department I must say that Officer Boyer had an amazing career. I strive to hopefully have a career like Officer Boyer. Thank you for your service.

Recruit Isaiah Sandoval
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 4, 2019

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