Nacogdoches Co. shooting suspect gets bond set at $350,000

Michael Hail mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Michael Hail mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A justice of the peace has set bond for a Louisiana man accused of shootings in Nacogdoches County and Tyler.

Judge Dorothy Tigner-Thompson took care of arraignments for Michael Hail, 52, for Smith and Nacogdoches Counties.

For Nacogdoches County, bond was set at $50,000 on a aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, $25,000 for deadly conduct and $25,000 for endangering a child. For Smith County, bond was set at $250,000 on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.

Hail just had one question for the judge.

"So, all of these are jailable offenses?" Hail asked.

"Yes sir, they are," Tigner-Thompson answered.

A protective order was issued against Hail for his ex-wife, the woman in Nacogdoches County and her child.

"Certainly, having the actor in this case back in Nacogdoches County will afford us the opportunity to maybe learn a little bit more about his mindset," Sheriff Thomas Kerss said. "Why these events took place."

Nacogdoches County also has Hail's pickup truck. Investigators will look for evidence.

"Things that will link him to our scene such as shotgun shell hulls that would match those we recovered at the scene," Kerss said.

According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office report, deputies answered a call on Oct. 12 on the 4600 block of State Highway 21 west at 1:36 a.m. The woman who lived there was a co-worker of Hail's, according to the woman. Nobody was injured.

Hail then is believed to have traveled to Tyler. He was spotted in south Tyler around 5:30 a.m. Police say Hail fired a round from a shotgun into the vehicle driven by his ex-wife. She wasn't hurt. Police say he also threatened to shoot his son in San Marcos.

Hail was later arrested in Louisiana by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

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