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Patrolman John Schaefer | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky


John Schaefer

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, May 2, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman John Schaefer and Patrolman Wilbur Hayes were shot and killed while checking two men in an alley at approximately 10:00 pm.

As the officers attempted to arrest the men for burglary of a roofing company one of them produced a gun and opened fire, striking both officers from behind.

Both subjects were apprehended three days later and subsequently convicted of two counts of murder October 29th, 1971.

Patrolman Schaefer had served with the Louisville Police Department for 18 months. He was survived by his child.

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Patrolman Wilbur Hayes
Louisville Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Sunday, May 2, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

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Never met you, but your Dad was my mother's cousin. I had met him on several occasions and he always made me laugh. To have such terrible losses in their lives, you and your sister Brenda. I am sure you are both in heaven.
I have talked about you guys several times. I am sure we ran around the funeral homes together when we were kids eating all the sugar cubes in the funeral home lounge.
We will meet in heaven some day again. thank you for your service to our City.

Pat F.
Pat F.
June 23, 2015


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