Deputy involved in shooting after traffic stop
by Rachel Davis
Jun 15, 2013 | 2651 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vernon Lee Hayes
Vernon Lee Hayes
A Walker County sheriff’s deputy and a suspect suffered injuries following an altercation Thursday evening on Smith Chapel Road.

According to District Attorney Bill Adair, Deputy Phillip Williams attempted to arrest Vernon Lee Hayes, 44, of Fayette, on outstanding warrants when the two struggled, and Williams fired his weapon, striking Hayes.

Williams suffered injuries in the scuffle and was treated and released from Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Hayes was transported to UAB Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

He is currently in the Walker County Jail being held on bonds set by Circuit Judge Jerry Selman that total more than $1 million cash.

Hayes is being held on the original charges of assault, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and failure to render aid or information. Those charges stem from an accident in May of this year.

Adair said his office is reviewing the incident, as is standard practice with an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators John Softley and Jim Underwood are looking into the incident.

“We expect to be able to conclude the investigation within about seven days and make an announcement about our findings,” Adair said.

He added that no charges have been filed in the incident yet, but will likely come at the end of the investigation, if not sooner.