Police Officer Francis V. Keyes

Police Officer Francis V. Keyes

Albany Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, April 24, 1936

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Francis V. Keyes

Officer Francis Keyes was wounded when he stopped two young men on a motorcycle who went through a red light. The 17-year-old driver gave a fictitious name and could produce neither his driver's license nor registration for the motorcycle. Another officer stayed with the motorcycle and sent Officer Keyes, with the two men, to the 5th Precinct located on Central Avenue near North Lake Avenue.

At Central Avenue and Quail, one suspect stuck a .32-cal pistol in Officer Keyes' ribs and ordered the officer to drive past the patrol car and told his accomplice to take the officer's gun. The second suspect, however, fled. Officer Keyes then exited the car and struggled with the first suspect. The suspect shot Officer Keyes in the right chest and fled. Officer Keyes returned fire, emptying his revolver at the fleeing suspect, but missed. Officer Keyes then collapsed on the hood of a passing motorist who witnessed the incident. The witness drove Officer Keyes to the hospital where the officer died 8 days later from pneumonia, a resulting complication of the shooting. One was subsequently arrested as he stepped off a train in Plattsburgh, New York and charged with murder. The co-defendant, a 13 year old, was later arrested and charged with Juvenile Delinquency.

The 17-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life.

Officer Keyes had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 16, 1936
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years to life

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Rest in peace Officer Keyes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 18, 2019

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