Detective Keith Dressel
Toledo, Ohio Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: 812
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Detective Keith Dressel was shot and killed when he and another detective
interrupted a drug deal on Ontario Street at approximately 2:00 AM.
One of the suspects fled on foot when the detectives exited their vehicle
and identified themselves. Detective Dressel chased that suspect as the
other detective took the second suspect into custody.
The juvenile suspect opened fire on Detective Dressel during the foot
pursuit, striking him once in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded,
Detective Dressel was able to return fire, but did not strike the shooter.
The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody later in the day after agreeing
to turn himself into his probation officer.
Detective Dressel had served with the Toledo Police Department for 14 years
and was assigned to the Vice / Narcotics Bureau. He is survived by his wife
and two young children.
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