Border Patrol Agent Keith Connelly

Border Patrol Agent Keith Connelly

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, September 6, 1989

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Keith Connelly

Border Patrol Agent Keith Connelly was shot and killed during an undercover investigation in Fresno, California.

He and another agent were posing as employers offering cash to hire illegal immigrants. As they attempted to make an arrest in a convenience store parking lot the suspects opened fire, wounding both agents. Agent Connelly later succumbed to his wound.

The shooter pleaded guilty to murdering Agent Connelly and was sent to prison. He is eligible for release in 2013.

Agent Connelly had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pleaded guilty

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For National Chaplain Academy class 2101, I have been assigned to Agent Connelly as a silent partner. In seeking to honor our fallen brother and prepare myself for the potential need to offer a eulogy for another, I have been tasked with preparing a training eulogy on 4/20/2021.

Are there any family, friends, or coworkers who can share a few personal stories as I seek to give an accurate account for this agent?

Chaplain Smoak
USBP Class 778

April 19, 2021

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