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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I came across this memorial for my uncle, Robert May, here today. I remember my father mentioning him a few times during my childhood. It was somber to read some of these memories here. I know my father missed his brother. I printed out this photograph and placed it up in my office here at the San Francisco Police Department.

Asher Morton-Maystein, San Francisco PD

April 14, 2022

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