Officer Richard Allen May, Jr.

Officer Richard Allen May, Jr.

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 7, 2006

Richard Allen May, Jr.

Officer Richard May was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call.

Officer May responded to the corner of University Avenue and Weeks Street at approximately 1630 hours. When he arrived, he observed several men fighting. As he approached the group, one of the men fled. Officer May attempted to stop that male, when the suspect turned around and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, killing Officer May. The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended later that night. The suspect, a documented gang member, was found with a bullet wound to his leg, that had been inflicted by Officer May before he died.

A 14-year-old police explorer was participating in a ride along with Officer May at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

Officer May was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the East Palo Alto Police Department for 18 months. He had previously served for 13 years with the Lompoc Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years, 6 months
  • Badge 33
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Officer May,
What an amazing family you have. They truly are some of the best people I have every met. Though I never knew you, I really wish I did. You seemed to be an amazing father and husband to your family. When I'm with your family, they talk about you all the time. It seem as if every other sentence, you are involved. You have not been forgotten and never will be. To the rest of your family; If you're reading this, I bet you have guessed who it is by now. I have teared up reading the amazing things that have been said to Rich on this page. We love you all and miss you. Much love from Napa <3

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