Patrolman Robert Carl May

Patrolman Robert Carl May

Bogalusa Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 1949

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Robert Carl May

Patrolman Robert May was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a disturbance at a local tavern.

Upon their arrival, they found the suspect had left. They offered the female victim a ride home, and as they were leaving the tavern, they saw the suspect. In the ensuing gun battle, Patrolman May was shot in the back and killed. His partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman May was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II and had served with the Bogalusa Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and kiled


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Patrolman May,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in the Pacific fighting the Japanese during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 14, 2024

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