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Police Officer Keith Lee Evans | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer

Keith Lee Evans

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, July 9, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 25 years

Badge # 445

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 7/3/1995

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to six months

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Officer Evans died from injuries sustained on July 3rd while directing traffic for 4th of July celebrations. A drunk motorist that Officer Evans had stopped at an intersection became irate and attempted to drive through. Officer Evans attempted to stop him by reaching into the car to turn off the ignition. The motorist dragged Officer Evans several feet before he fell off of the car and struck his head on the pavement. The suspect was arrested a short time later and served six months of jail time for Officer Evans' death.

Officer Evans had been with his department for 25 years and was due to retire in less than a year.

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As a friend of Officer Evans son growing up, I was always in awe that Keith was a cop. After high school I certainly was not headed in much of a direction. The night that led to Officer Evans death was one that truly made me take a deep look at myself. In August I had decided to enroll in the Police Academy. I have served my community now for 20 years as an Officer. I thank him every day in my prayers and thank his family. i would like to think that Keith and his family had a profound impact on the man that O have become.

Detective Delbert Dalton (Groveport PD)
Groveport Police Department
December 8, 2016

 

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