Detective Kelly Key, III

Detective Kelly Key, III

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1989

Kelly Key, III

Detective Key succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on June 1, 1970, while serving a search warrant on a narcotics suspect. He was shot by suspect with a 7mm rifle bullet that passed through the front door and hit him in the spinal cord, rendering him a quadraplegic. The suspect was shot multiple times by other officers and taken into custody, convicted, and later released.

Detective Key had served with the agency for 9 years at the time of the shooting. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, sister and brother.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 11755

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 1, 1970
  • Weapon Rifle; 7.62 mm
  • Offender Convicted

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I have also passed by the memorial sign several times at Imperial and Croesus dedicated for Kelly Key. We still remember his ultimate sacrifice. To his family, we will never forget his service.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

December 27, 2018

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