Police Officer Henry DeKeersgieter

Photo of Police Officer Henry DeKeersgieter
End of Watch: Mon, Mar 23rd, 1936
Date of Incident: Tue, Mar 10th, 1936
Cause of Death: Stabbing (Intentional)
Service Time: 18 years
Age: 53


He was survived by his wife and two children.


Officer DeKeersgieter succumbed to a stab wound received ten days earlier after arresting a man for auto theft. He had observed the man attempting to steal the car on LaSalle Street and took him into custody. He walked the suspect to a call box at Grattan and Chouteau. As he called the incident in the man suddenly produced a knife and cut Officer DeKeersgieter's face before fleeing. Officer DeKeersgieter was able to shoot at the suspect before collapsing. He was treated at a hospital and released after several days. However, as a result of the wound he contracted pneumonia and died at his home. The suspect was later apprehended in Tennessee and charged with murder.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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