The attorney for a man who intervened in a fatal shooting in Brownsburg, IND this week stated that his client's actions likely prevented "mayhem."
Twenty-two year old Joshua Hayes stepped out of his car near 56th Street and North Grant Street around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. He allegedly approached two workers in Brownsburg Cemetery, unprovoked, and opened fire.
Hayes chased one worker, 36-year-old Seth Robertson, before fatally shooting him, police said. He then chased the second worker, who has not been identified, through a residential area and back to the 56th Street intersection.
A vehicle stopped at the traffic light in the eastbound lane of 56th Street was struck by a round fired by Hayes. The motorist was armed and stepped out of his car to intervene. The motorist fired at Hayes as Hayes was pointing his firearm at the head of the man he was chasing, police said. Hayes was struck and died at the scene.
The motorist has not been identified. Police said he was legally licensed to carry.
Guy Relford, Indianapolis attorney and host of "The Gun Guy" on WIBC, told WIBC host Chris Davis on Thursday that he is representing the motorist. Relford declined an interview with IndyStar.
The attorney's account Relford said a bullet went through his client's vehicle while at the stoplight. His client saw Hayes and the other victim in the intersection struggling over a gun, according to the attorney.
"The scenario was fairly clear to him in that the one person was chasing the other and the other was saying, 'no, no, no, no please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,' "
Relford said. "And my client, under incredibly stressful circumstances took aim, took his shot and hit the gunman."
Relford said Hayes stood up with the gun still in his hand, at which time his client fired more shots. Hayes was ultimately struck and died.
"So there's no question he saved at least one innocent life and perhaps multiple," Relford said. "Because police said he had a drum-style magazine in his handgun that still had a couple of dozen rounds in it.
"So who knows how much mayhem could have resulted if my client hadn’t been the brave hero and good Samaritan that he was."
No charges expected Relford said people who use force in self-defense hire representation to help deal with the aftermath, including police interviews.
Relford said his client is not facing any charges, adding that he is protected by Indiana law that allows a person to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves or a third person from serious bodily injury.
"I really feel this gentleman did everything right including how he handled the aftermath of the shooting," Relford said.
Brownsburg police previously said there was no evidence of criminal conduct by anyone other than Hayes.
Relford said his client would also be protected from civil liability per a new state law that grants immunity in cases of self defense. That law went into effect last year.