BILOXI, Miss. (WKRG) — The family of fallen Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen has released a video statement after the officer was shot and killed Sunday night.
The 24-year Biloxi police officer veteran was shot in front of the city’s public safety center right by his squad car. His family said his job meant the world to him.
“Everything, everything. That was, besides his family, that was his life. He loved it,” said Pamela McKeithen, his wife.
The city released the six-minute video after media requests to interview the family. In a release, the city says the family chose to communicate through the video conversation with the Biloxi police chief. The video was recorded Tuesday afternoon, before the prayer vigil.
Officer McKeithen was often described as a family man, and his family is learning to deal with their loss.
“He was always a very good friend of mine. And also a father,” said Logan Grundel, his step-son.
Officer McKeithen was killed in an ambush-style attack Sunday night. He was due to retire from the department at the end of the year. But his family says he was just too devoted to the force.
“He always talked about retiring, but it was always one of those things ‘one more year, one more year’ you know. He loved his job, he really never wanted to quit. It was something he was more just something he was proud he was able to say he could retire than he really wanted to retire. You could tell he really was living the dream,” said Grundel.
His family says they’re overwhelmed by the support and love from the community.
“I just didn’t think that there would be so many people involved in helping us. There’s just somebody there every step of the way. Somebody is always standing next to you in the Biloxi police department,” said Grundel.
“There is no word big enough to cover such a massive outpouring of love,” said McKeithen.
The Mississippi governor has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff Monday in Officer McKeithen’s memory. His funeral will be held Monday afternoon.