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Conservation Officer Loyd C. Hays | Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

Conservation Officer

Loyd C. Hays

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

End of Watch: Friday, May 1, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # UNIT 2

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/1/1964

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Paroled in 1979

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Officer Loyd Hays was shot and stabbed to death near Flint Creek in Morgan County. He was investigating a vehicle parked near the creek when he encountered a male and female walking nearby. As he approached the pair the female ran behind Officer Hays for protection and informed him that the male had just raped her. The man then produced a handgun and shot Officer Hays twice.

Despite being wounded, Officer Hays struggled with the suspect until he was weakened by a loss of blood. The suspect then pulled out a knife and stabbed Officer Hays 10 times.

Responding deputies arrested the suspect at the scene. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was reduced to life in prison after the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in 1972. He was paroled in 1979.

Officer Hays had served with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 6, 2013

 

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