Family of man charged in deputy-involved shooting says he threatened to kill sons


Pictured above: Peter Hay – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

MOORESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – Family members of the Mooresville man shot in a deputy-involved shooting over the weekend say he struggles with alcohol and has threatened to kill his sons.

Peter Hay is accused of pointing a gun at an Iredell County Sheriff Deputy who responded to a domestic call at his Tall Oak Drive residence Saturday night. Deputy Joanna Smith fired her weapon, striking Hay. Sheriff Darren Campbell says Hay refused numerous commands to put down his weapon and pointed it at Smith prior to the shooting.

Hay was charged with felony assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor communicating threats after being released from the hospital Sunday.

Court documents filed by Hay’s wife and eldest son paint a picture of an increasing struggle with alcoholism leading-up to Saturday’s confrontation at his front door.

“Over (the) past several years (he) has thrown things at us, punched walls and doors, answered (the) front door with (a) handgun…all while drinking,” Hay’s wife wrote in a complaint seeking a protective order against him.

She accuses her husband of threatening to kill both their children Saturday and of threatening to shoot his youngest son in February. Additionally, she claims Hay repeatedly told one of their sons he was going to be killed or shot and that he tried to provoke him into fighting.

“My dad had been drinking a lot all day and was being highly aggressive,” wrote Hay’s eldest son, age 17, in a complaint.

“He attempted to start fights with my brother and I, however the behavior has worsened over the last few years. My dad then threatened to shoot anyone coming (in) the house.”

Hay’s wife wrote that she received a text from her oldest son Saturday asking if he should call 9-1-1. In a bedroom at the time, he was concerned for his safety and the safety of his brother who had left the house and was expected to return home a few hours later.

“He was very drunk and probably taking Xanax at the time,” says Hay’s wife in her complaint. The documents indicate Hay’s oldest son witnessed Deputy Smith shoot his father.

A judge has ordered Peter Hay not to have contact with his wife and their two sons. He has been ordered to surrender a concealed carry permit and firearms which his family says includes rifles, shotguns and handguns. The judge’s order is presently active until Dec. 3.

Peter Hay was released on a $150,000 bond from the Iredell County Detention Center Monday afternoon and served with the domestic violence protection orders.

An attempt to reach Mr. Hay for comment Monday evening was unsuccessful.