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 in a convenience store parking lot at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Ashlan Avenue. As they attempted to make an arrest the suspects opened fire, wounding both agents. Agent Connelly later succumbed to his wound.

The shooter pleaded guilty to murdering Agent Connelly.

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

arrest, investigation, undercover

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8 or 9 years my senior, grew up with him back home in Englewood on Sheffield Ave. I have such fond memories of him growing up, always credited him for teaching me ice skating tricks on Crystal Lake. He was quite the skater back then. Always admired a particular fuzzy winter coat he wore, 2 shades of blue and white stripes forming a V that he let me wear once on the ice. Canoe cologne comes to mind.
Never heard of him since he left Englewood, but will never forget him. He was a special guy. RIP...and Marie, I remember you too from Phelps. Hope all is well.

John Gottschalk
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October 5, 2021

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