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Police Officer Robert Hayes | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Robert Hayes

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 6720

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Hayes was shot and killed while investigating an occupied vehicle.

Officer Hayes and his partner stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. While talking with the occupants a struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Hayes' partner's gun. The suspect then opened fire, striking Officer Hayes in the eye and his partner in the chest. Officer Hayes succumbed to his injuries during surgery. His partner was permanently disabled as a result of the shooting.

The suspect was later convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Hayes had served with the agency for 7 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.

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I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was my birthday, I was off duty, and I was walking into my apartment building when I saw several Cheltenham PD cars racing with lights and sirens down Cheltenham Avenue, followed by what seemed like and endless sound of Police car sirens. I said something major has happened, and when I turned on the local news, I saw that Officer Hayes and Officer Marynowitz were shot. It was a horrible day. Every time I pass the scene on Limekiln Pike, I think of those Officer's. R.I.P. Thank you for your service, and may God bless both families impacted by this senseless tragedy! Officer Ted Thomas Retired Philadelphia P.D.

Police Officer
Philadelphia P.D.
August 2, 2017

 

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