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 Wilbur Hayes

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Wilbur Hayes

Birth
Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA
Death
2 May 1971 (aged 26)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID
53719739 View Source

Detective Hayes served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1966 until his death.

On May 2, 1971, at about 10 o'clock in the evening Detective Hayes and his partner, John Schaefer, confronted three suspicious men in an alley in the Smoketown neighborhood of East Louisville. While attempting to arrest the men one of them produced a gun and shot both detectives in the head and back killing them. Later Detective Hayes was found in the back seat of his unmarked police car. Detective Schaefer was discovered a block away.

Two of the three assailants were later arrested, convicted and sentenced to death for murder. However, the sentences were commuted to life sentences by the United States Supreme Court.

Detective Hayes was survived by a wife and two daughters.

Detective Hayes served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1966 until his death.

On May 2, 1971, at about 10 o'clock in the evening Detective Hayes and his partner, John Schaefer, confronted three suspicious men in an alley in the Smoketown neighborhood of East Louisville. While attempting to arrest the men one of them produced a gun and shot both detectives in the head and back killing them. Later Detective Hayes was found in the back seat of his unmarked police car. Detective Schaefer was discovered a block away.

Two of the three assailants were later arrested, convicted and sentenced to death for murder. However, the sentences were commuted to life sentences by the United States Supreme Court.

Detective Hayes was survived by a wife and two daughters.

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  • Created by: G. P.
  • Added: 15 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 53719739
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53719739/wilbur-hayes: accessed ), memorial page for Wilbur Hayes (14 Oct 1944–2 May 1971), Find a Grave Memorial ID 53719739, citing Leitchfield Memorial Gardens, Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by G. P. (contributor 47124408) .