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Officer Ernest James May | Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada


Ernest James May

Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Thursday, June 8, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 13

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Ernest May was shot and killed while responding to a shooting call at a local hotel.

The callers had stated a drunk man was shooting wildly at a local business. Officer May's brother, also a police officer, arrived shortly afterwards but did not see Officer May's car and left. He later returned after calls were received about more shooting in the area. Upon investigation, Officer May and the hotel owner were found shot to death near a corner of the hotel. The two had exchanged shots and fatally wounded each other.

Investigation showed that as Officer May arrived on the scene, he was shot as he exited his police car. Although mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer May had served with the Las Vegas Police for eight years and had previously served with the United States Marshals Service. He was survived by his wife, seven children, and brother.

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I am a relative of Ernest May. I am now 42 years old and I am one step from being accepted into the LVMPD Academy. I have heard stories of you through the years from family and I now possess the Holster you wore that day. Thank you for your sacrifice and we love you.

My great grandfathers uncle
July 31, 2017


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