State Police investigating shooting that wounded woman, killed her son


The Arkansas State Police is working with local law enforcement agencies following a shooting that led to a 64-year-old woman being wounded and the death of her 49-year-old son.

Police say that Carolyn Hayes of Dermott was wounded at a little after 12:20 a.m. Friday morning, and was found outside 925 Skipper Bridge Road in Dermott. Police say they also discovered her son, Johnny Hayes, who was unresponsive and declared dead at an area hospital.

According to police, the first 911 call was made a little after 11:40 p.m. Thursday evening. A local police officer had been dispatched to the Skipper Bridge Road address in response to a disturbance that had arisen out of an argument involving the decedent and another person.

When police arrived a little after 12:20 a.m. in response to the shooting, Hayes was seen walking in the front yard, but she was wounded. The younger Hayes was in the yard and unresponsive. Upon declaration of death, his body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where a cause and manner of death will be determined.

The State Police are working with the Dermott Police Department, Drew County Sheriff’s Department, and the Chicot County Sheriff’s Department. No arrests have been made in the case.