Corrections Employee
Michael Robert Keel
Indiana Department of Correction
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Age: 61
Served: 29 years
Badge #:
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, April 10, 2023
12:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
1 Park Row Street, Michigan City
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
Anglecrest Cemetery, Valparaiso

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   Corrections Employee Michael Keel died two days after being assaulted at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

   Inmates were working in the steel shop when one inmate began a verbal argument with Corrections Employee Keel that turned physical. He was attacked and beaten about the head with a steel pipe.

   Corrections Employee Keel was airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bend in critical condition where he underwent surgery. He died from his injuries two days later and became an organ donor to give the gift of life.

   The 39-year-old inmate is serving a 220-year sentence for child molesting, one 60-year term and four consecutive 40-year terms, from Carroll County.

   Corrections Employee Keel, from Valparaiso, was a maintenance foremen at the facility. He is survived by his wife, Janifer (née Hiatt); sons, Robert, Nathan and Nicholas Keel, and Matthew Fox; daughter, Heather Keel; four grandchildren; and sister, Terri (David) Funkhouser.

Historical Notes

• Corrections Employee Keel is the third of three Indiana line of duty deaths in 2023.
• He is the 16th line of duty death of the Indiana Department of Correction.
• His line of duty death is the 16th that has originated from LaPorte County.
This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.

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