P.O. David F. Keating #2259

Name: Keating, David F.
Star: 2259
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 018
End of Watch: 20 September 1949
Incident Details: Police Officer David Keating, 34, was a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 018 District. On September 20, 1949, Officer Keating was off duty when he saw two men, one of which was holding what appeared to be a shotgun wrapped in paper. Officer Keating approached the two offenders, Immediately, Johnson opened fire on the officer, shootinghim multiple times. Officer Keating died en route to Evangelical Hospital.

Sydney Johnson, 18, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Then-Governor Stevenson commuted Johnson’s sentence to 199 years in prison. Roosevelt Baccus, 15, was found guilty of armed robbery and sentenced to serve five to 14 years in prison.

Officer Keating’s funeral mass was held at St. Thomas More Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and children David, Kathy, Maureen, and Robert.