Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

Flint Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1999

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Leslie Dean Keely

Officer Keely was killed when his patrol car was struck by a Michigan State Police patrol car during a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit was initiated by a neighboring agency and had entered Flint. As the chase left the city, the Flint units were pulled off of the chase. As Officer Keely was making a U-turn to return to his jurisdiction, his patrol car was struck on the driver's side door by a Michigan State Police vehicle that was still assisting with the chase.

Officer Keely was killed instantly upon impact. The suspect was later arrested and charged with manslaughter, fleeing and eluding police, and other charges.

Officer Keely had served with the agency for just under 15 years and is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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I can't even begin to explain how many times you literally saved my life,
And the rest of my coworkers at Kountry Kettle. I will never forget walking out of one stop on Fenton and Atherton around 3am, directly into a gang of guys, my girlfriend and I were immediately surrounded and seriously in trouble. Then I hear on a loudspeaker " Step away from the girls." And there were you and Doug Thibaut,( wrong spelling ).
If you hadn't been there, they would have hurt us. Probably badly. But what I remember most is your sense of humor. You were always laughing and cracking jokes. Which is really remarkable if you consider the terrible things you dealt with nightly. So, thank you my friend for my life, your protection and friendship. Your sacrifice for your community is remembered. You will a true Hero and you are missed.

Kristina Diekema

March 29, 2021

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