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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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Your memory will be with me forever. I was the surgeon that tried to save your life that day, both you and your partner at Einstein, but he lived. I saw your inscription at the Washington DC memorial; you are the only LEO I've ever lost, having cared for and operated on too many injured in the line of duty. Be at peace.

Medical Director SWAT Tactical Medicine
Arizona DPS/ State Police
February 28, 2016

 

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