Officer Ernest James May

Officer Ernest James May

Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Thursday, June 8, 1933

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Ernest James May

Officer Ernest May was shot and killed while responding to a shooting call at a local hotel.

The callers had stated a drunk man was shooting wildly at a local business. Officer May's brother, also a police officer, arrived shortly afterwards but did not see Officer May's car and left. He later returned after calls were received about more shooting in the area. Upon investigation, Officer May and the hotel owner were found shot to death near a corner of the hotel. The two had exchanged shots and fatally wounded each other.

Investigation showed that as Officer May arrived on the scene, he was shot as he exited his police car. Although mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer May had served with the Las Vegas Police for eight years and had previously served with the United States Marshals Service. He was survived by his wife, seven children, and brother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Officer May.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 20, 2020

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