Sergeant Michael Todd May

Sergeant Michael Todd May

Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Michael Todd May

Sergeant Todd May was killed while involved in a vehicle pursuit that had crossed over the West Virginia - Pennsylvania state line.

The vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run accident shortly before 1:00 am in West Virginia. Approximately 20 minutes later, officers from the Granville Police Department stopped the vehicle and called for assistance from the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department. The driver refused to exit the vehicle and then drove away with officers in pursuit.

The pursuit crossed into Pennsylvania and the driver got onto I-79 southbound back towards West Virginia. Approximately one mile north of the state line the driver rammed Sergeant May's patrol car as he waited in the median for the pursuit to reach his location. Sergeant May was transported to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he died a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle was charged with homicide by vehicle in Pennsylvania. On December 13th, 2012, he was convicted of third degree murder, homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while DUI, and multiple other counts.

Sergeant May had served with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department for 10 years and had previously served with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. His is survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 124

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Convicted of murder


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Brother Todd, the last time I saw you was back in 1990...our first year at Fairmont State. More specifically, before I moved to SC, we spent the day trout fishing in Elkins with Joe, Frankie and Eric. I remember all of us big boys were crammed in your little car and just before we got to where we planned to fish, you bottomed out and a rock busted your gas tank. We scrambled back into Elkins to an auto parts store, picked up some patch bond and crawled under the car right there in the parking lot and fixed it. I remember all of us were so frustrated, with the mishap having delayed our fishing plans, but as always in every situation, you were calm, making jokes and being your pleasant self - as all of us were wining about missing the “good morning fishing hours.” Well bro, I left for SC shortly thereafter and haven’t slowed down since. Tracy and I got married later that year and have since lived in 9-states now, as my career took me in many directions. I want you to know that I have never forgot you...and I never will! I still laugh when I think about all those late nights we’d all end up at that all-night diner off campus...the Pokydot - back them your favorite restaurant. Brother, keep them straight in heaven and if he’s not an angler, take God fishing...just don’t straddle any big rocks on the dirt road to the stream. I will close by saying that even though we were just boys back then, your positive attitude, genuine smile and kind demeanor made an impact me and I can still see your face, hear your voice and feel your friendship. You were taken from us before I had a chance to come back home and see you and I will truly regret that for the rest of my life. I pray we will cross paths again in the future. Rest In Peace old friend, I will never forget you. God bless you and thank you for your service, your courage and your tremendous honor.

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December 10, 2018

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