Police Officer William C. Keating

Police Officer William C. Keating

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, August 31, 1931

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William C. Keating

Officer Keating was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a local showroom. He was using the call box on the street in front of the showroom as two youths were inside attempting to burglarize it. The suspects saw Officer Keating through the window and assumed he had seen them. In their haste to escape they broke out a window and fled. Hearing the noise, Officer Keating went to investigate the burglary. After an hour had passed the two suspects returned to the scene, but were confronted by Officer Keating who was still there. As he walked them to a call box to call for backup one of the suspect opened fire with a .38 caliber handgun.
Officer Keating was transported to a local hospital where he was able to give a description of the suspects before succumbing to his injuries. Both suspects were apprehended and sentenced to 65 years to life.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 31, 2020

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