Patrolman David F. Keating

Patrolman David F. Keating

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, September 20, 1949

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David F. Keating

Patrolman David F. Keating was shot and killed when he stopped two youths carrying a suspicious package. As Officer Keating went to investigate, one of the youths pulled a revolver from the package and shot him nine times. Both suspects, ages 16 and 17, turned themselves over to the police a few hours later and were charged with Officer Keating's murder.

The 17 year old suspect was convicted of Officer Keating's murder and sentenced to death. It was determined that he was the one who shot Officer Keating. On April 18, 1951, his sentence was commuted to 199 years. The murder charge against the other suspect was dropped.

Patrolman Keating was a WWII veteran.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2259
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 199 years

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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 20, 2020

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