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Patrolman Rory Welch Key | Hernando Police Department, Mississippi Hernando Police Department, Mississippi


Rory Welch Key

Hernando Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, June 28, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Key was shot and killed after responding to a shoplifting call. Upon arrival to the scene he was informed that the suspect was involved in a minor traffic accident. He located the suspect and ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint after several request for him to exit the car. As Patrolman Key began searching the suspect, the man spun around and shot Patrolman Key in the leg with a 9 mm handgun. Patrolman Key was able to return fire, striking the suspect.

The two men then positioned themselves on opposite sides a truck and had a shootout where Patrolman Key shot the suspect in the legs and waist, instead of in the chest, in attempt to wound the man. Patrolman Key's weapon jammed and the man jumped on top of the truck and shot him. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Key had been with the agency for three years and is survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.

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Officer Key your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Hernando and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD
June 28, 2016


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