Officer Richard May
East Palo Alto Police Department

End of Watch: Saturday, January 7, 2006
Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 11 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 7, 2006
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Richard May was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call.

Officer May responded to the corner of University Avenue and Weeks Street at approximately 1630 hours. When he arrived, he observed several men fighting. As he approached the group, one of the men fled. Officer May attempted to stop that male, when the suspect turned around and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, killing Officer May. The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended later that night. The suspect, a documented gang member, was shot in the leg by the victim officer.

A 14-year-old police explorer was participating in a ride along with Officer May at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

Officer May was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the East Palo Alto Police Department for 18 months. He had previously served for 10 years with the Lompoc Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Agency Contact Information
East Palo Alto Police Department
2415 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone: (650) 853-3125