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Alvin L. Keown

End of Tour: Saturday, November 8, 1952
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Patrol
Age: 34
Incident Date: Saturday, November 8, 1952
Incident Location: 7th @ Arcade
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available
Weapon Involved: Handgun
Case Status: Closed - Assailant executed


Patrolman Keown was shot and killed when he responded to a gun call at a tavern located at Seventh and Arcade. The suspect was fleeing out of the back door when he confronted Patrolman Keown and shot him.

The suspect was later apprehended in New York and executed in the electric chair for a murder he committed there.

Patrolman Keown was a World War II veteran. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he sustained in Germany. He was discharged as a sergeant.

Patrolman Keown had served with the agency for 16 months. He was survived by his wife and child.

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