Trooper
William Frederick Kieser
Indiana State Police
Tuesday, March 9, 1965

Age: 37
Served: 11 years, 11 months
Badge #:
Panel 51W, Line 9
Panel L24, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, March 9, 1965
05:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 64, Ramsey
Incident County:
Harrison
Incident Township:
Jackson
Weapon Used:
16-gauge shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died in prison
Burial Place:
Saint Marys Cemetery, Tell City

   Trooper William Kieser was shot and killed after responding to a call of a drunk and disorderly man at Richardson's Grocery Store in Ramsey.

   He was off duty cleaning his cruiser when he heard a trooper from the Charlestown post dispatched to the call. Realizing he was closer, Trooper Kieser called in and advised he would respond.

   When he arrived on the scene the man opened fire before Trooper Kieser could exit his cruiser. Trooper Kieser returned fire but was struck in the hand and dropped his weapon. The suspect continued to fire and fatally wounded Trooper Kieser.

   The 45-year-old suspect was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison but died while incarcerated in 1997.

   Trooper Kieser, from Tell City, was assigned to the Charlestown post. He also had served with the Tell City Police Department as a police officer for five years. Trooper Kieser was survived by his wife and 4-year-old son.

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United States Marine Corps



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