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Patrolman Wilbur Hayes | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

Wilbur Hayes

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, May 2, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Wilbur Hayes and Patrolman John Schaefer 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 Hayes had served with the Louisville Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Patrolman John Schaefer
Louisville Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Sunday, May 2, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

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Jennifer beautiful tribute to your dad. I knew him and patrolled with him on several occasions.

Donald Howard Patrolman
Louisville Division of Police retired
December 9, 2016

 

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