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

Patrolman

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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Remember our times at the Cape Codder you made us all laugh with your jokes. I was in the US Army at the time of your death and was able to come to your wake.

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