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Deputy Sheriff Donald Ray Hayes | Marion County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina Marion County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Donald Ray Hayes

Marion County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, May 3, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/2/1987

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Donald Hayes succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day while serving an arrest warrant for simple assault.

Deputy Hayes and two other deputies went to the suspect's home to make the arrest. The other two deputies went to the front of the home and Deputy Hayes went to cover the rear of the home because the suspect was known to run from the police. As Deputy Hayes came around the back of the house the suspect leaned out of a window and opened fire with a shotgun from four feet away.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested the following day. The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Hayes was survived by his wife and three children.

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There are so many people,that love you and still miss you after 29 years.I feel so blessed to have had you in my life to love and be loved by you.I think some times I would give everything I have , just to have one more day with you, but then I realize that one day would not be enough.I love and miss you just as much today as I did 29 years ago when you were taken away from us.

Marilyn Hayes
May 3, 2016


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