Candlelight vigil to honor slain Nevada Highway Patrol trooper

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A candlelight vigil to grant slain Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Micah May starts astatine 6 p.m. Tuesday successful westbound Las Vegas.

The vigil is taking spot astatine Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way, wherever May’s patrol car has been parked for the nationalist to wage their respects.

May died Thursday aft helium was struck by a car during a instrumentality enforcement pursuit connected Interstate 15 connected July 27. The 46-year-old joined begetter of 2 and 13-year seasoned of Highway Patrol was struck portion attempting to deploy “stop sticks” intended to puncture a stolen vehicle’s tires connected I-15 adjacent Sahara Avenue, according to Highway Patrol.

After helium was hit, the Metropolitan Police Department airlifted May successful a constabulary chopper to University Medical Center, wherever helium remained successful captious information until his decease Thursday night. Metro said it marked the archetypal clip a section chopper was utilized to rescue a downed officer.

The Highway Patrol said a memorial work for May volition beryllium held astatine Central Church successful Henderson connected Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Police pursuit

Before the July 27 conveyance pursuit, a antheral called constabulary to study that portion helium was moving astatine a operation tract adjacent Sunset Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, 60-year-old Douglas Claiborne flashed a foot-long knife, stole his car and drove implicit his ft portion leaving the scene, Las Vegas constabulary said.

When Highway Patrol located Claiborne adjacent Interstate 15 and the Speedway Boulevard exit, helium took disconnected successful the stolen car, driving erratically connected and disconnected the freeway to debar six sets of halt sticks that had been deployed successful an effort to dilatory him down, Las Vegas constabulary said.

As May deployed a seventh acceptable of halt sticks adjacent the Charleston Boulevard exit, Claiborne drove astir the sticks and deed May with the stolen vehicle.

Claiborne continued to thrust for astir a mile with May lodged successful the vehicle’s windshield. Troopers were capable to ram the conveyance and get Claiborne to halt adjacent the Spring Mountain exit. He tried to drawback May’s gun, and 4 officers connected country fired 26 rounds.

May was successful the car and was not deed by gunfire, but Claiborne was deed respective times and pronounced dormant astatine the scene.

‘Loving husband, father’

Data maintained by the FBI shows that May was the 2nd Nevada trooper to dice successful the enactment of work successful astir 3 decades. He was the 12th Nevada trooper to dice successful recorded history.

According to an obituary for May, the trooper grew up successful a tiny Massachusetts town, wherever helium loved the acold and sledding. In 2008, helium tested for Nevada Highway Patrol, bringing him to “sunny Las Vegas,” the obituary states.

“Micah was a loving husband, father, son, member and friend,” the obituary states.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna; their 2 children, Raylan and Melody; his parents, Edwin and Katherine; and his brothers, Seth and Paul, according to the obituary.

Following the Central Church memorial service, May volition beryllium interred astatine Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S Eastern Ave, astatine 2 p.m., the obituary states.

Contact Alexis Ford astatine oregon 702-383-0335. Follow @alexisdford connected Twitter.

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