Patrolman Francis P. Konen

Patrolman Francis P. Konen

Kelso Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1948

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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

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Thank you all for your kind & gracious words on behalf of my uncle, Francis (Frank) P. Konen. Although I have always closely known about his untimely death & how it happened, and what his widow & son went through then & afterwards, I had not ever seen these particular reflections before. They are a huge blessing & a comfort to me and my family, and I know they especially were & are to Frank’s widow, Evelyn L. Konen (passed in 2004) and to his son, Michael R. Konen, of Medical Lake, WA.

Evelyn & Michael & all of our family were especially grateful to you, Sgt Kevin Tate, of the Kelso Police Department & to all involved when you researched his story and applied on his behalf, for the Washington State Police Officer's Medal of Honor. Uncle Frank was honored & awarded this Medal of Honor posthumously in the 1990’s at a special dinner & ceremony to honor him and other fallen, fellow WA State officers. Evelyn & Michael were in attendance and that honor & award meant so much to them and all our family. For Michael, especially, who was only 1 1/2 years old when his father was killed, Frank receiving this award & being honored so many years later & his story being told was to Michael like getting a gift of a piece of his dad back that he didn’t have before. Thank you all who helped in this!!!

And to all of you who have left reflections, thank you so much! We are truly grateful.

Uncle Frank was a good man, taken too soon, but thank you all that he has not been forgotten. Your kind words bring blessed tears to my eyes that even after so many years, you care & honor him, as well as our family.

Thank you,

Kathleen (Kathy) Konen-Ornelas
Quincy, WA

Kathleen (Kathy) Konen-Ornelas

February 20, 2021

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