Detective Kelly Key, III

Detective Kelly Key, III

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1989

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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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