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Border Patrol Agent Keith Connelly | United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent

Keith Connelly

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 6, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: California

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Pleaded guilty

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Border Patrol Agent Keith Connelly was shot and killed during an undercover investigation in Fresno, California.

He and another agent were posing as employers offering cash to hire illegal immigrants. As they attempted to make an arrest in a convenience store parking lot the suspects opened fire, wounding both agents. Agent Connelly later succumbed to his wound.

The shooter pleaded guilty to murdering Agent Connelly and was sent to prison. He is eligible for release in 2013.

Agent Connelly had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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LIV/FRS was my assigned duty OS from Jan. 1977 to SEP 1980. I ran a few miles with Kieth through the length and width of the San Joaquin Valley, The Sierra Nevadas and The California Coastal Range. He was a fine friend and a good man. WE miss him .......

T. M. McCann
USBP, BPA< LIV/FRS
January 25, 2017

 

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