Patrolman Francis P. Konen

Patrolman Francis P. Konen

Kelso Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1948

Francis P. Konen

Patrolman Konen was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a local hotel. The two other officers left the scene after things calmed down and Patrolman Konen remained behind to interview two of the females involved. As he did so the male suspect, who was drunk, came down to the lobby and started to assault Patrolman Konen. During the ensuing struggle the suspect gained control of Patrolman Konen's service weapon and shot him twice. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Konen was able to subdue the suspect and hold him until backup units arrived.

Patrolman Konen had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released after 12 years

Most Recent Reflection

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It has been 70 years now. I never had the privilege to meet this young patrolmen but if I could, I would thank him for all he did. My stepfather is an officer for Kelso and is now the school resource officer for Kelso high school. In 2013, he was wounded in a similar incident and that is when I found this memorial. I am lucky my stepfather didn't join this list, but it still reminds me of those who the department has lost.
Patrolman Konen, thank you for all you did to serve this city.

Stepdaughter of Kelso police department officer Ralph Hines

January 5, 2018

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