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Sergeant Kenneth John Koeller, Jr. | Jennings Police Department, Missouri Jennings Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant

Kenneth John Koeller, Jr.

Jennings Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 28, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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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.

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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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