Sergeant Michael Todd May
Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia
End of Watch: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: February 18, 2012
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Charged with homicide
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Al Kisner
Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department
155 Chancery Row
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 291-7260
Sergeant Michael May was killed while pursuing a vehicle across the West Virginia – Pennsylvania state line.
The vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run accident shortly before 1:00 am. Approximately 20 minutes later, officers from the Granville Police Department stopped the vehicle and called for assistance from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department. The driver refused to exit the vehicle and then drove away with officers in pursuit.
The pursuit crossed into Pennsylvania and the driver got onto I-79 southbound back towards West Virginia. Approximately one mile north of the state line the driver rammed Sergeant May’s patrol car, causing it to crash. Sergeant May was transported to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he died a short time later.
The driver of the vehicle was charged with homicide by vehicle in Pennsylvania.
Sergeant May had served with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years.
A Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning during a pursuit on Interstate 79. Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Michael Todd May was killed when he was involved in a two-vehicle collision on I-79 in Pennsylvania just across the West Virginia border.
“It just makes you sick,” said Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner. “He was more than just an employee, he was a friend.”
May was a ten-year veteran of the dept. leaves behind a father, mother, and brother.
At around 1 a.m. West Virginia State Police were called to investigate a hit and run crash along Easton Hill Road near Morgantown where police say 35-year-old Jerod Allen Green of Morgantown had struck another car with his truck.
Police say Green was spotted by officers with the Granville Police Dept. travelling along Route 100. Granville officers pulled Green over while deputies from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Dept. assisted in the stop.
Green, who appeared to be intoxicated, refused to get out of his vehicle and instead Green allegedly sped away initiating a chase with law enforcement. Police chased Green into Pennsylvania on PA State Route 19. Green then turned east toward I-79 and entered the highway head southbound back toward Morgantown.
Sheriff Kisner says Sgt. May was parked along the highway inside the Pennsylvania state line, in front of the pursuit with the goal of getting in ahead of Green to slow him down and end the chase. However, as the chase approached, Green slammed into Sgt. May’s cruiser. May was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he died from the injuries suffered in the collision.
May was 41.
Meanwhile, Green was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police and is facing multiple charges including homicide of a law enforcement officer. Blood tests to determine Blood Alcohol Content are still pending.
The investigation is ongoing.