Police Officer Thomas Raymond Hayes

Police Officer Thomas Raymond Hayes

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Thomas Raymond Hayes

Police Officer Tom Hayes succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained 31 years earlier while attempting to arrest two teens on a curfew violation.

He had responded to a local convenience store after receiving reports of a disturbance by the two teens. The boys had been drinking, smoking marijuana, and had taken LSD. As Officer Hayes attempted to arrest them, a scuffle ensued in which one of the boys pulled out a handgun and shot him in the back. The wound caused him to become paralyzed below the waist.

Officer Hayes' continued to suffer serious health issues as the result of the wound, including the amputation of one of his legs six years prior to his death.

In March 2011, Officer Hayes' death was ruled a homicide by the Franklin County Coroner.

Prior to being shot, he had served with the Columbus Division of Police for seven years. Despite his wounds and health issues, Officer Hayes continued to work as a civilian sketch artist for the agency. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 18, 1979
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

narcotics, arrest attempt, disturbance, juvenile offender

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A little over a couple of decades ago a friend gave me 2 Christmas cards one signed and one not. The new one was a cartoon Santa as a Raiders Coach in the locker room giving the team instructions on a blackboard. I loved it. He also told me the story behind it. The card has been framed and displayed every Holiday season ever since. RIP Officer Hayes thank you for your service.

Retired Deputy Vaughn Anthony

November 27, 2023

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