Police Officer Marion H. Key

Police Officer Marion H. Key

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, March 4, 1948

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Marion H. Key

Police Officer Marion Key was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance on McAfee Street, NW.

Officer Key and his partner responded to a home where a man was threatening to kill his family. As they walked into the dark house, the man opened fire. Both officers returned fire. Officer Key's partner was critically wounded but managed to crawl back to his car and radioed for help before losing consciousness. Officers arriving on the scene found Officer Key and the gunman, 53, dead in the house.

Officer Key's partner's left leg had to be amputated. On his days off, he was building a home for himself and his wife. They were living with her parents. A contractor and several Atlanta citizens finished the house for free.

Six years after Officer Key's murder, the suspect's brother murdered Policeman William McCown, of the Cedartown Police Department, on July 31, 1954.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Key,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 4, 2023

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