Biloxi remembers fallen officer McKeithen

One year ago today the Biloxi Police Department suffered a tragic loss of one of their own and today the department honors the fallen officer, Robert McKeithen.

In front of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, in the very spot where the officer was shot from behind, the Police Department has created a memorial with Officer Robert McKeithen’s vehicle, now wrapped with ceremonial images, parked in the front parking lot. Next to his vehicle stands an American Flag and a thin blue line American Flag.

“Anyone that wishes to drive by and view that, we really would appreciate it if you did,” Police Chief John Miller said.  “You are allowed to leave things there if you choose to do so. We just ask that you be mindful of the current gathering limitations and social distancing practices.”

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Biloxi is unable to hold a public memorial ceremony but will hold two private events that will be recorded and posted on the city’s website and several Facebook pages including the Biloxi Police Department’s page. 

Later today, at the outset of the 6 p.m. City Council meeting, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will read a proclamation honoring McKeithen. The meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website. (Click on the Lighthouse icon at 6 p.m. to view.) Then at 10 p.m., a small, private ceremony will be held for employees in the public safety center’s courtroom, followed by a last call over the police radio at 10:07 p.m., the time McKeithen was shot. During the last call, the blue lights will light up on McKeithen’s patrol car in the parking lot. 

Officer Robert McKeithen was a decorated 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department.

Added Miller: “He was an unbelievably fine policeman.”
Video: First Reponders Salute to Fallen Brother
See a timeline of events following the tragedy
Photos: A look back a year ago
See today’s City Council meeting agenda