CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Clay City man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting that left his father dead, and himself and his father’s ex-girlfriend shot.
According to a release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, The shooting occurred at approximately 1:53 a.m. on Oct. 1 at a residence on S. Full Moon Lane in Clay City. Investigating detectives say an argument between ex-partners led to shots being fired.
Timothy Hayden, 52, of Clay City was killed in the incident, with his son Jerick Hayden, 23, and Timothy’s ex-girlfriend, 54, of Clay City, both injured with gunshot wounds. First responders would locate the ex-girlfriend still at the home after she called 911. While Jerick and Timothy Hayden were taken to the Pilot Gas Station on SR 59 in Brazil by a third party that was present during the exchange of gunfire. Timothy Hayden was pronounced dead on scene at the gas station.
According to court documents, on the evening of Sept. 30, Timothy’s ex had caused damage to his home following an argument. Upon discovering this damage, Timothy, Jerick, and a friend reportedly took two shotguns and an SKS rifle to the ex-girlfriend’s home in Clay City. Jerick Hayden along with his father disconnected a surveillance camera before confronting the ex. The woman reportedly approached them with a handgun while Jerick had the rifle in his hands. Words were exchanged, the woman claimed that Timothy punched her in the nose causing her to react with a slap. The friend who witnessed the altercation from the driveway told police that 4-5 gunshots then occurred and all three went down.
The witness then loaded Jerick and Timothy into a vehicle and headed to the pilot gas station, the witness told police he believed that Timothy was dead already, or died shortly after being put into the car.
An autopsy of Timothy Hayden found he had been shot twice with the cause of death being a “gunshot wound to the abdomen” and the manner of death listed as “homicide.”
After what Clay County Chief Deputy Josh Clarke described as a lengthy investigation, evidence was turned over to Clay County Prosecutor Emily Clarke, who elected to charge Jerick Hayden with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer.
Jerick Hayden was arrested on Nov. 22, Chief Deputy Clarke reports that Hayden is being held in the Clay County Justice Center with no bond. Hayden was scheduled for an initial hearing in Clay County Superior Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.