Police Officer Robert S. Hayes

Police Officer Robert S. Hayes

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 1993

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Robert S. Hayes

Officer Hayes was shot and killed while investigating an occupied vehicle on Limeklin Pike, near Andrews Avenue.

Officer Hayes and his partner stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. While talking with the occupants a struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Hayes' partner's gun. The suspect then opened fire, striking Officer Hayes in the eye and his partner in the chest. Officer Hayes succumbed to his injuries during surgery. His partner was permanently disabled as a result of the shooting.

The suspect was later convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Hayes had served with the agency for 7 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 6720

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

suspicious vehicle, traffic stop

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I just read a post I left in 2007 and I still hold the same feelings now as I did then. There’s not many professions where 20 or 30 yrs later you are reminded of a specific event or person but in the Police Department you join a family where you NEVER forget those you worked with who have lost their life serving. RIP my brother in blue and prayers always for his partner John who struggles to this day. God bless you both

Retired Detective AM Cleary
Philadelphia Police Dept.

June 17, 2019

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