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Calif.: East Palo Alto officer killed with explorer ride-a-long
Officer Down: Richard May - [East Palo Alto, California]
Additional Info: Officer May had been with the East Palo Alto Police Department for eighteen months. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Cause of Death: Officer May was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call.
Date of Incident: January 7, 2006
By Julie Patel, S.L. Wykes and Rodney Foo, Mercury News
Calif. -- An East Palo Alto officer, who had a 14-year-old police Explorer Scout on a ride-along, was shot and killed Saturday while responding to a disturbance at a taqueria off of University Avenue. The officer, Richard May, 39, had been on the force for 18 months. May is survived by his wife and three children -- 17, 14 and 9 -- said Lt. Rod Norris.
Authorities cordoned off a neighborhood at Weeks Street and University Avenue and launched a manhunt for a suspect armed with a semiautomatic weapon. He was still at large late Saturday.
The teenager, who was riding in the officer's squad car as part of a volunteer police program, made the first call reporting the shooting. The teen was not harmed, Norris said.
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