Police Officer Robert H. Keller
Huntington Park Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, October 5, 1967
Age: 25 years old
Badge Number: 33
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, October 5, 1967
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown Type
Suspect Information: Not Available
On October 5, 1967 at 11:18 A.M., Officer Robert Keller responded to a silent alarm at a dress shop on Pacific Boulevard. There he met with a security officer from the alarm company, and together they entered the store. While searching the business, a suspect who had entered through a skylight, leaped from a hiding place and began firing at them. Approximately twelve rounds were exchanged between the suspect and Officer Keller. Officer Keller sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was able to make it out of the building and across the street before collapsing and succumbing to his injuries.
The suspect ran from the store, but a trail of blood drops indicated that at least one of Keller’s bullets struck him. An intense manhunt for the suspect followed, but Officer Keller’s killer was never identified.
Officer Keller had served with the agency for one year and had previously served with the United States Navy. He was survived by his wife and infant daughter.