Senior Patrol Officer Keith Allen Braddock

Senior Patrol Officer Keith Allen Braddock

Watford City Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Wednesday, March 20, 1996

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Keith Allen Braddock

Senior Patrol Officer Keith Braddock was shot and killed by a subject who had become angry over service at a local bar. The subject had returned to the bar with two rifles and opened fire, shooting Officer Braddock.

Despite being wounded, Officer Braddock was able to return fire and shot the man in the leg. The subject remained in the bar and communicated with police using Officer Braddock's radio until the batteries ran out. A family friend of the man eventually talked him out, and he was taken into custody at 2:20 am.

Officer Braddock's death was not confirmed until the man was taken into custody. It was determined that he had bled to death approximately 30 minutes after being wounded.

The man was convicted of Officer Braddock's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Braddock was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Watford City Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1114
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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What a strange thing that I am sitting in Colorado reading a resume from someone in Williston and am reminded of this story. I never met Keith, I am honored to have been a friend of his son, his daughter-in-law, and her family. His family and grandchildren are amazing. It has been years since I have seen any of them. I am sorry he missed out, he leaves behind and amazing legacy. His story is one of several that led me to become part of the law enforcement community.

William Whitcomb
Family Friend

September 12, 2023

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