Police Officer Thomas R. Kiefer

Police Officer Thomas R. Kiefer

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Friday, November 25, 1977

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Thomas R. Kiefer

Officer Thomas Kiefer was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

As he leaned across the door to ring the doorbell, the suspect opened fire from within the house, fatally wounding him. The suspect then barricaded himself, but surrendered a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on December 14, 1978. In 1980, in a subsequent trial he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed in a state mental hospital.

Officer Kiefer had been employed with the Milwaukee Police Department for six years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed

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On this Thanksgiving Day I’d like to say thank you for your service and also say to your family that your sacrifice and service will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family.

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