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Special Agent Emmet B. Keen | Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Emmet B. Keen

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Saturday, December 28, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Special Agent Emmet Keen was shot and killed while guarding an alcohol shipment near Peoria, Illinois.

As the train carrying the shipment pulled onto a side track to permit a passenger train to proceed, Agent Keen was hiding in the nearby weeds. Three men were observed approaching the train and while attempting to loot it, a gunbattle ensued with Agent Keen being struck twice. Train crews came to the aid of Agent Keen as he lay dying and saw tracks in the snow indicating two men had dragged a body away from the scene.

One suspect was found dead and four suspects were later taken into custody by sheriff's deputies. Two suspects were questioned, while two others were released.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. 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 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.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 28, 2011

 

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