Sergeant Kenneth John Koeller, Jr.

Sergeant Kenneth John Koeller, Jr.

Jennings Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, January 28, 1987

Kenneth John Koeller, Jr.

Sergeant Koeller was shot and killed after surprising a group of burglars at a local business. While he was detaining two of the suspects a third suspect came up from behind and started to struggle with Sergeant Koeller. During the struggle the suspect shot him in the neck, before all three fled the scene.

A fingerprint lifted from the scene produced a suspect in Ohio three years later but he was not convicted. The shooter was arrested in Illinois, confessed to the murder, and sentenced to two life sentences.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer Koeller was my baseball coach at Corpus Christi grade school. He didn't have a son our age but he loved baseball and liked working with kids though we surely had to try his patience sometimes. I remember him as a kind man, good with us, and an example to look up to. Rest in peace, God bless your family.

Bill Judge

January 28, 2017

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