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Jacksonville man shot, ends up in jail

Posted January 3, 2009
Updated January 4, 2009

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— A man who police said was shot by his stepfather ended up in the same jail with him after officers discovered outstanding arrest warrants against the victim.

Investigators said that Richard Hayes, 37, of 2980 Burgaw Highway Lot 6,  shot his stepson, Michael KeithBass, 21, of the same address, Thursday night.

Authorities said that Bass was holding a bloody towel to his abdomen when paramedics arrived, saying his stepfather shot him at Hayes' mobile home.

Onslow County sheriff's deputies then discovered Bass had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court and took him to jail after he was treated and released from Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Hayes told investigators that he has a bad neck and shot his stepson, because he thought Bass wanted to fight him.

Deputies charged Hayes with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and possession of a stolen firearm. He was given a $10,000 bond.

Both men remained in jail early Saturday afternoon. It was unclear if they had attorneys.

Bass served six months for breaking his probation from 2006 conviction for felony breaking-and-entering, according to state Department of Correction records. He was released in May 2008.


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