Patrolman
Lewis Keller
South Bend Police Department
Friday, February 25, 1898

Age: 58
Served:
Badge #:
Panel 37W, Line 17
Panel L1, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, February 25, 1898

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
100 block of North Main Street, South Bend
Incident County:
St. Joseph
Incident Township:
Portage
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
City Cemetery, South Bend

   Patrolman Lewis Keller was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at the McInerney & Doran cigar store located inside the interurban station.

   While walking his beat, he spotted an open door and as he entered the business a shot was fired at him. He returned fire and in the ensuing shootout both he and one of the suspects were fatally wounded.

   Four other suspects were apprehended. The suspect who was shot admitted, before dying, that he was the person who shot Patrolman Keller.

   Patrolman Keller was survived by his wife.

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United States Army
Civil War (Union)



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