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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

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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I have finally let go of a lot of the anger Ive held in and I am trying to underdstand that mistakes are made. Lord knows .....and you...that I have made mine. Your killer has been put back in the place where he belongs but I feel for his family. I am learning more about you by drilling your beautiful wife regarding who you really are. Since youve been gone there have been far too many officers, soldiers, firefighters, and first responders injured or killed and it is devastating to all. I hope you watch over those now out there in the streets an I will continue to pray for the families. One last thing , your ooldest grandson Roman will marry this year in your birthday an your youngest will leave for mission work in Kenya..Please watch for their safety . You were the strongest man Ive ever known and will always be my net. I love you Daddy.

Jennifer Hayes
April 9, 2015


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