MITCHELL, Ind. (TCD) -- A 53-year-old man faces 10 charges after he allegedly fatally shot and dismembered his father and left the body on a lawn.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 6:05 p.m., Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call to conduct a welfare check on 73-year-old Rodney Hays, who lived on the 500 block of Easy Street. When deputies arrived, they reportedly found Shawn Hays "hastily attempting to exit the property in a silver Chevrolet pickup."
Deputies reportedly stopped the truck "due to the nature of the call" and saw Shawn Hays had a shotgun in the vehicle with him. One deputy reportedly spoke with Hays as a means of distracting him, while the other took the shotgun.
Hays allegedly got into a "brief struggle" with the deputies but was ultimately detained while deputies conducted the welfare check on the property. Law enforcement officials came across Rodney Hays' body in the yard, and Shawn Hays was taken into custody.