Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer

Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 20, 2017

Keith Wayne Boyer

Police Officer Keith Boyer was shot and killed as he and another officer investigated an accident near the intersection of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street.

Unbeknownst to the officers, the vehicle that caused the crash was stolen and being driven by a gang member who had just been paroled. The parolee had just committed another murder hours earlier. As Officer Boyer attempted to conduct a pat down on the subject, the man suddenly pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire. Officer Boyer was killed and a second officer was wounded. Despite the wounds, the officers returned fire and wounded the subject.

Officer Boyer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Boyer had served with the Whittier Police Department for 27 years and was preparing to retire. He is survived by three adult children, mother, and stepfather.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 249

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

accident investigation, murder suspect, parolee, stolen vehicle

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Officer Boyer, I never had the honor in meeting you, but I did have the honor in living where you patrolled. I watched your funeral on TV. I was truly amazed at the amount of people in attendance. That to me truly showed how big of an impact you made in everyone's lives. Hearing the stories being told by your children had a big impact in me. Your positive attitude and smile was contagious. I wish to have the same impact in peoples lives and will work to make that impact possible. Thank you for your service and also would like to thank your family for allowing you to be so committed to your career. If I was them, I would want to be selfish and keep you home, but they understood your infectious attitude was needed in the City of Whittier. God bless!

Recruit Casillas, Javier Class 429
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

February 25, 2018

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