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


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

Incident Date: 5/2/1971

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Hayes and Patrolman John Schaefer were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men in an alley for burglary of a roofing company at approximately 2200 hours. As the officers attempted to arrest the men one of the men produced a gun and opened fire, striking both officers from behind.

Three days later the suspects were apprehended. Both were convicted of two counts of murder October 29, 1971.

Patrolman Hayes had been with the agency for five years and 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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RIP my friend....We were best friends from the day we entered the first grade, I often think about you and Regina and all the great times we had growing up!!!! Have missed you many times over the last 41 years, you are gone but never forgotten.....

Retired KSP Detective Mike Winn
June 8, 2012


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