Patrolman Wilbur Hayes

Photo of Patrolman Wilbur Hayes
End of Watch: Sun, May 2nd, 1971
Date of Incident: Sun, May 2nd, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 5 years
Age: 26


His wife and two daughters


Patrolman Hayes and Patrolman John Schaefer were shot and killed while checking two men in an alley at approximately 2200 hours. As the officers attempted to arrest the men men for burglary of a roofing company one of them produced a gun and opened fire, striking both officers from behind.

Three days later both suspects were apprehended. Both were convicted of two counts of murder October 29, 1971.


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There are 6 tributes for Patrolman Wilbur Hayes.

Patrolman Wilbur Hayes
Left by Lieutenant Fred Browder (Ret.) on Thursday, September 28th, 2006

I had the privilege and honor to have known Wilbur from my first day assigned to the 2nd District in November of 1966. We became good friends, in fact, Wilbur introduced me to my wife of 37 years. I always enjoyed working and being around Wilbur. He was a very honest and dedicated police officer and very loyal friend. It was very painful to lose Wilbur and his partner Detective Jack Schaefer. Both, Wilbur and Jack, were excellent detectives and had a great impact on lowering the crime in the 5th District, where they were assigned. Wilbur was well known for his investigative skills, his case preparation, and his his courtroom presentations. But most important, he waswell liked and trusted by not only his fellow workers, but the community he served. Wilbur was always kind and compassionte to those he came in contact with. He lived the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I have missed Wilbur through the years and often think of him.Detective Wilbur Hayes was an outstanding police officer and a credit to the Louisville Division of Police and the City of Louisville and he was my friend.

Lieutenant Fred Browder, Retired