Deputy Sheriff Michael Edward Mayborne

Deputy Sheriff Michael Edward Mayborne

Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, March 15, 1974

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Michael Edward Mayborne

Deputy Sheriff Michael Mayborne was shot and killed while chasing a bank robbery suspect in Loves Park.

Two subjects robbed the Poplar Grove State Bank. One subject took the bank president hostage and forced him to drive away. They traveled on Highway 251, and he released the bank president at the side of the road before continuing on Highway 251 to Loves Park, where he abandoned the vehicle and went into a barbershop. Meanwhile, Deputy Maybourne spotted the vehicle, three $100 bills and was searching the area when the subject spotted him. The subject held the barber and patrons at gunpoint and escaped out the back door. When Deputy Maybourne found him, the subject fired, striking him three times. He managed to return fire, wounding the suspect.

The accomplice, who did not have a weapon, was arrested while attempting to drive away from the bank. He pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge and was sentenced to six years.

The suspect was sentenced to 199 years in prison and was denied parole in 2013 for the 31st time. He was paroled on June 3, 2016, and moved to Florida.

Deputy Mayborne was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, father, sister, and five nieces and nephews.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 2016

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Deputy Sheriff Mayborne,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Winnebago County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 15, 2024

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