Officer Thomas Kiefer and his partner were responding to a family trouble near N. 1st Street and E. Chambers Street on November 25, 1977. The two officers were on the porch and about to knock on the door when the suspect appeared in the partially opened doorway. The suspect fired, once striking Officer Kiefer in the chest. He was taken to County General Hospital where he died of his wound.
Officer Kiefer had been with the Milwaukee Police Department for four years. He was 27 years old and married.