Constable Michael Hayes

Constable Michael Hayes

Victor Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, June 28, 1897

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Michael Hayes

Constable Michael Hayes was shot and killed as he attempted to serve a court order to seize 50 head of cattle from a local rancher.

He and a citizen had travelled to the village of Love, six miles east of Victor, where they met the rancher's wife. The woman told Constable Hayes that the cattle belonged to her and asked him not to seize them. Constable Hayes continued to the coral where he encountered the subject armed with a shotgun. The man ordered them not to proceed any further and then shot Constable Hayes in the chest.

The man turned himself in at Colorado Springs. He was convicted of Constable Hayes' murder and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Thank you for your service and please know that on this 123rd "anniversary" of your untimely departure, no passage of time will erase the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 28, 2020

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