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Deputy Sheriff William Arthur May | Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

William Arthur May

Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, April 22, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff William May was shot and killed in LaCrosse, Florida, while attempting to arrest a man for threatening his own family and for threatening to kill any officers who attempted arrest him.

Deputy May was off duty, attending church, when he was notified of the incident. He went to the home where the family lived and knocked on the door. The subject opened the door with his hand in his pocket. When Deputy May told him he was under arrest the pulled out a handgun and shot him twice. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy May was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Deputy May had only served with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office for five months and had previously served as a county constable in the LaCrosse District. He was survived by his wife, mother, three brothers, three half brothers, one half sister, and grandfather.

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Deputy Sheriff May,
On today, the 83rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alachua County.


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April 22, 2017


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