Detective Keith Dressel

Detective Keith Dressel

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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Keith Dressel

Detective Keith Dressel was shot and killed when he and another detective interrupted a drug deal on Ontario Street, near Bush Street, at approximately 2:00 am.

One of the suspects fled on foot when the detectives exited their vehicle and identified themselves. Detective Dressel chased that suspect as the other detective took the second suspect into custody.

The juvenile suspect opened fire on Detective Dressel during the foot pursuit, striking him once in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Dressel was able to return fire, but did not strike the shooter. The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody later in the day after agreeing to turn himself into his probation officer.

On November 30th, 2007, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years to life.

Detective Dressel had served with the Toledo Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to the Vice / Narcotics Bureau. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 812

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years to life

narcotics, foot pursuit, juvenile offender

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Keith, you have another officer joining you to patrol the streets of gold. I know that you were watching because you gave me a sign during the night. I was awake at that time. I usually would put the news on to help me fall asleep. You told me to just try to go to sleep with out the TV. You allowed me to sleep. Also want you to watch over your cousin Dean. Miss you so. Love you so.

Larraine Dressel
Mother

July 4, 2020

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