Patrolman Wilbur Hayes

Patrolman Wilbur Hayes

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, May 2, 1971

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Wilbur Hayes

Patrolman Wilbur Hayes and Patrolman John Schaefer were shot and killed while checking two men in an alley at approximately 10:00 pm.

As the officers attempted to arrest the men for burglary of a roofing company one of them produced a gun and opened fire, striking both officers from behind.

Both subjects were apprehended three days later and subsequently convicted of two counts of murder October 29th, 1971.

Patrolman Hayes had served with the Louisville Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Both killers were sentenced to death. Both were paroled some years later!! One of the killers name still shows up in the Louisville paper as "not paying child support" !

CH Schaffner
Retired 1988 LPD

May 2, 2019

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