Patrolman Alvin Lee Keown

Patrolman Alvin Lee Keown

Jefferson County Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 1952

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Alvin Lee Keown

Patrolman Alvin Keown was shot and killed when he responded to a gun call at a tavern located at Seventh and Arcade in Louisville. The suspect was fleeing out of the back door when he confronted Patrolman Keown and shot him.

The suspect was later apprehended in New York and executed in the electric chair for a murder he committed there.

Patrolman Keown was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and the recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He had served with the Jefferson County Police Department for 16 months. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

weapons violation

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Thank you for your service Patrolmen Keown. RIP. Your family is proud of your service and honored by your sacrifice. Rest in Gods sweet embrace.

Andrea Keown-Queen

February 16, 2019

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