Five days after he was shot while serving a warrant at an Interlachen mobile home, Putnam County Deputy Randy Hayes was released from Shands Medical Center in Gainesville and is recovering at home.
Hayes was part of a SWAT team that knocked on the door of a home on Junior Lake Drive on May 4 to announce that they were serving a search warrant. The Sheriff's Office said that went the deputies entered, they were confronted by two women with handguns.
Putnam County Capt. Johnny Greenwood said Julie Lane, who was armed with a large-caliber handgun, opened fire, hitting Hayes in the upper torso. SWAT team members returned fire, hitting Lane in the stomach.
The second woman, Melissa McFarland, dropped her gun when confronted by the SWAT team, Greenwood said. She was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She was ordered held without bond and additional charges are expected.
Both Hayes and Lane were taken to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville with critical injuries.
Members of the SWAT team who fired during the incident were placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.
Hayes is a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. Greenwood said Hayes was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but the bullet entered under his arm -- the only place where there's a gap in the vest.
Hayes is a husband and father of four. While his medical bills and salary continue, since he has lost the ability to work overtime and extra duty, the International Union of Police Associations Local 6040 has opened a VyStar Credit Union account (No. 702873568) to help the family. The union is also planning on holding fundraising events for the family.