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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

[CO] Colorado State Trooper John Hayward's final choice

A Colorado State Patrol trooper who killed himself Tuesday in Woodland Park after being accused of beating his wife had faced domestic violence allegations in the past... [Colorado State Patrol spokesman Trooper David] Hall said he wasn’t aware of the previous allegations. It’s unclear whether Hayward complied with a state patrol mandate that would have required him to report a restraining order to his supervisors, he said. “If they don’t report it, it makes it difficult for us to find it out”... "I don't know his exact words," Police Chief Robert Larson told News First 5, "but he basically said he knew he did something wrong he knew he had to make up for it"...

MRS. HAYWARD DID NOT CAUSE THIS BY REPORTING THE ATTACK. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RESPONDING DID NOT FAIL. TROOPER HAYWARD MADE A DECISION YESTERDAY. THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED AND THE FAILINGS THAT NEED TO BE FIXED REACH BACK FARTHER THAN A DAY AND ARE EMBEDDED DEEPER THAN ONE INCIDENT REVEALS.

THERE ARE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SAID -- BUT IT'S TOO EARLY.

CONDOLENCES TO ALL, FOR MANY THINGS.





STATE TROOPER LEADS POLICE ON CHASE ENDING IN SUICIDE
KJCT8.com
By SCOTT HARRISON
Posted: Aug 5, 2009 04:04 AM
Updated: Aug 5, 2009 02:04 PM
Police say Colorado State Trooper John Hayward, 57, is the man who took his own life Tuesday night in a church parking lot. He had led authorities on a brief pursuit after being involved in an apparent domestic dispute with his wife... Hayward left a note apologizing for hurting his wife, but gave no explanation for why he did so. Police say at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday night, Hayward's wife arrived at the station with minor face and neck injuries, and said she was a victim of domestic violence. Officers arrived at the unspecified location of the home, only to see Hayward drive off. Police joined Teller County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado State troopers in pursuing Hayward a short distance until he parked in the parking lot of Faith Lutheran Church on Evergreen Heights Drive near Highway 67... [Full article here]



STATE TROOPER KILLS HIMSELF AFTER ASSAULTING HIS WIFE
KOAA
Story By: James Jarman
Published Wed Aug 05, 2009, 03:20 PM MDT
Updated Wed Aug 05, 2009, 03:44 PM MDT
[Excerpts] ...Woodland Park Police say [off-duty Colorado State Trooper John] Hayward's wife came to the police station with injuries and said her husband assaulted her. When police went to Hayward's home, an officer who knows him called him on the phone and tried to talk him into coming out peacefully. "I don't know his exact words," Police Chief Robert Larson told News First 5, "but he basically said he knew he did something wrong he knew he had to make up for it." Police say Hayward got into his car and drove about two miles before pulling into a church parking parking lot and shooting himself. "I'm still a little bit in shock," Church Elder and Police Officer Churck Pierce told News First 5, "we're saddened. If we had been aware of what was going on then maybe we could've been of help." [Full article here]



STATE PATROL TROOPER ACCUSED OF BEATING WIFE KILLS HIMSELF
The Gazette
Lance Benzel and Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
August 05, 2009 4:30 PM
A Colorado State Patrol trooper who killed himself Tuesday in Woodland Park after being accused of beating his wife had faced domestic violence allegations in the past. Two years ago, John D. Hayward, 57, was named in a temporary restraining order that barred him from coming within 200 yards of his estranged wife and her son, who was 6 at the time. The woman said in a petition for a protection order that Hayward abused her and boasted he had friends on the force who could make her life “miserable” while he was at home with an alibi. She also reported Hayward spoke of “mine shafts where no one would ever be found,” according to the document. “(He) said if we ate a bullet it’d be better and get this life over with,” she said in the handwritten request, in which she also alleged stalking and other threatening behavior. Court records show that a restraining order was granted Sept. 7, 2007, and lifted two weeks later. On Tuesday night, the Woodland Park woman walked into the local police station with injuries on her face and neck and accused Hayward of beating her, police said. Police, who knew the off-duty trooper had weapons in the home, called him and asked him to meet them outside. Instead, Hayward got into his car and drove off. A two-mile chase through town ended when Hayward pulled into a church parking lot on Evergreen Heights Drive and shot himself. He died before medical help could arrive... [Colorado State Patrol spokesman Trooper David] Hall said he wasn’t aware of the previous allegations. It’s unclear whether Hayward complied with a state patrol mandate that would have required him to report a restraining order to his supervisors, he said. “If they don’t report it, it makes it difficult for us to find it out,” Hall said... “From everything people said, he was an outstanding trooper. This is a shock to our entire organization”... [Full article here]
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2 comments:

  1. John Hayward was a good man and a dear friend to us. My husband and I both had the pleasure of working with him and we will miss him the rest of our lives. If you did not know him do not judge him. He was a wonderful person and I am so sad he felt this was his only way out. God Bless You, John, for being a loyal law enforcement officer and a true friend.

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