At approximately 1:30 A.M. today an individual identified as Michael Lee Hail, 52 years of age, of Baton Rogue, LA and formally of Nacogdoches County, TX drove to a private residence located in the 4600 block of State Highway 21 West and fired several rounds from a 12 gage shotgun into the residence. A woman that had been a co-worker of Hail's and her 3 year old son where present in the residence at the time. The homeowner had heard her dog barking and looked out a window in time to observe Hail exiting his vehicle with a shotgun. She immediately retrieved her telephone, dialed 9-1-1 and then hid her son and herself in a closet as Hail shot into her residence. The dispatcher at the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office that took that 9-1-1 call was able to hear gunshots being fired at the time the call was taken. Mr. Hail then fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.
It was uncertain why Hail elected to try and harm our victim; although, approximately one month ago the victim in this case had filed a complaint of harassment with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office against Hail. This morning, our investigation revealed that Hail had possibly driven to Tyler, TX where his ex-wife was living. Investigators from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office made unsuccessful attempts to contact Hail's ex-wife prior to learning that Hail had arrived in Tyler, contacted his ex-wife and then shot at her also.
At this time, Hail's whereabouts are unknown. He was last seen driving a 2010 Charcoal Grey Ford F-150 4-door Pick-up bearing TX License # AP 70782. Given his current state of mind following these two shooting incidents, Hail could pose a potential threat to anyone he comes in contact with. I have included a photograph of Hail with this news release. We ask that anyone that may see and recognize Mr. Hail not attempt to contact him directly, but immediately contact local law enforcement. At this time, Hail is wanted on charges of Deadly Conduct, Endangering a Child and Aggravated Assault.
TYLER - On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Tyler Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 5:30 a.m. from a female victim who stated her ex-husband came to Tyler and threatened to kill her and her son who is a college student in another city in Texas .
The suspect, identified as Michael Lee Hail, W/M, D.O.B 06/20/1958, was reportedly driving around Tyler in an attempt to locate his ex-wife. Hail had located her in south Tyler and pursued her in his vehicle. Hail fired a round from a shotgun striking his ex-wife’s vehicle but she was not struck from gunfire.
Hail was last seen driving a gray 2010 Ford F-150 truck bearing Texas license plate AP70782.
Tyler Police have confirmed that Hail also fired a weapon at a female in Nacogdoches, Texas last night but she was also not struck by the gunfire. The Nacogdoches Police Department has an outstanding warrant as a result of the crime. The Tyler Police Department is in the process of securing an arrest warrant for Hail on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
If anyone knows the location of the suspect, please contact your local police department and do not approach the fugitive due to the fact he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.