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Interstate homicide suspect was shot at least twice

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- Authorities say interstate homicide suspect Zachary Hays was shot at least twice by Sheriff's deputies on I-90/94, and remains at UW Hospital.

From his hospital room Tuesday, Hays and his attorney appeared via telephone at a Sauk County court bail hearing.  A judge set Hays' bail at $500,000.

Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins says the hearing was necessary to receive an order from the judge to allow Hays to move to a secure detention area in the hospital, and ease the resource-burden on the Sheriff's office.  Calkins says two Sheriff's deputies have provided round-the-clock guard over Hayes, but Hays' transfer to the secure area will require less deputy time.

Authorities say Hays was shot and wounded May 1 in a Dane County portion of the interstate, after Hays randomly shot Illinois traveler Tracy Czaczkowski in Sauk County.  Authorities say Hays also shot and killed a man in West Allis hours before the interstate violence.  He's charged in Milwaukee County in connection to that crime.

Calkins says Hays is recovering from surgery for a broken arm, and from gun shot wounds.

"Recovering from the gun shot officer mentioned he was shot in one of the shoulders as well,"  Calkins says.

Calkins does not specify the location of Hays' other, confirmed gun shot wound.

Judge James Evenson scheduled a June 9 initial appearance on Hays' first degree intentional homicide charge, but Evenson, Calkins, and Hays' attorney, assistant state public defender Jon Helland, concede they do not if Hays will be released from the hospital by then.

A criminal complaint states Hays' brother Jeremy told authorities Hays appeared paranoid, and was targeting cars on the interstate with tinted windows.

Hays did not address the court from his hospital room during Tuesday's hearing.  Helland offered no objection to bail, or to the order to move Hays.

For more on Hays' condition, and his prosecution in two counties, visit, and watch 27 News.


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