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Patrolman William D. Keller | Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police


William D. Keller

Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, January 23, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1931

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Patrolman William Keller was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect whom he caught trying to steal brass from railroad engines in the Wabash rail yards in Decatur, Illinois.

As Patrolman Keller walked the two suspects to the yard office one of them ran away. As he continued to walk with the second suspect the man suddenly turned and grabbed Patrolman Keller's gun and shot him four times. Patrolman Keller was able to get medical assistance but later died.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On December 11, 1931, he was executed by electrocution at the Menard Correctional Center.

Patrolman Keller had served with the Wabash Railway Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son.

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