Special Agent Bernard J. Kelly

Special Agent Bernard J. Kelly

Missouri Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, March 11, 1932

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Bernard J. Kelly

Special Agent Bernard Kelly was shot and killed near Salem while attempting to stop a suspect's vehicle.

Agent Kelly, along with two other officers, observed a vehicle pulling out of a dead end where a telephone wire had been reported stolen. As the officers pulled up alongside the suspect's car, an occupant opened fire, striking Agent Kelly and seriously wounding another officer.

The suspect, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to avoid receiving the death penalty and was sentenced to 30 years. On December 15, 1944, his sentence was commuted to 19 years and was told with good behavior, he would be released at the end of 1945.

Special Agent Kelly had served with the Missouri Pacific Railroad Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Nebraska
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years


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My name is Pete Kelly. This man was my Grandfather. I never met him but if he was anything like his son, my Father he was a great man.

Pete Kelly

October 5, 2022

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