Monday, March 12, 2012
March 12, 2012
Thornberry Road Murder-Suicide
On Friday, March 9th, the Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to a call for service related to a domestic dispute, followed by a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival in the 400 block of Thornberry Road, in the Argyle area of Orange Park, deputies found one woman shot outside a home, one woman shot inside a home and a man shot inside another home.
Victim (1) is the gunman's friend, 34-year-old Misty Bauder of Green Cove Springs. She remains in critical condition at OPMC. Victim (2) is the gunman's estranged wife, 44-year-old Cynthia Hayes. She died at the scene. The gunman, 44 year old David Hayes of 477 Thornberry Rd, shot himself in the chest and died a few hours later at OPMC.
Based on eyewitness accounts, Cynthia Hayes was at the home collecting some of her personal items when David Hayes arrived home with Misty Bauder and encountered Cynthia outside. The three were heard arguing in the yard by neighbors. Investigators believe David Hayes went into the home, retrieved a shot gun, came back outside and chased the two women, shooting at them. Bauder was wounded in the side and arm and fell wounded outside in the front yard while Cynthia Hayes ran into a neighbor's home and into a bedroom to hide. David Hayes entered that home, found Cynthia and shot her. He then went back to his home, two houses away, and shot himself. That is where deputies found him.
A search of the CCSO database revealed no past domestic violence incidents in Clay County involving the couple, who were apparently separated. David Hayes' background does include thirteen various traffic citations and an investigation into him as they suspect in the battery of an adult stepson that occurred in 2011 at the Thornberry home. That case was closed when the victim refused to pursue charges against Hayes.
An incident report on the murder-suicide has not yet been submitted but will be released once completed by the assigned Homicide Unit detective.