Memphis police charge deputy jailer in officer death

The death of Officer Tony Hayes is not an average investigation for Memphis Police.

"If one of your co-workers died today, violently, how would you feel?" asks MPD spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins.

Hayes was last seen on Sunday and reported missing Monday.  His personal car was found Thursday night in a parking lot at the Lynnfield Place Apartments in East Memphis.

"While checking the vehicle, a body was found in the trunk of that vehicle," says MPD Director Larry Godwin.

But we're learning more thanks to an arrest order obtained by Action News Five.  It names a deputy jailer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department as the prime suspect.

Her name is Monique N. Johnson.  According to the order, she was a girlfriend of Hayes, shot him several times, and discarded his lifeless body in the trunk of his vehicle.

"That's sad to hear that," says neighbor Tony Jones.

People in the neighborhood where police say officer Hayes lived with his wife and young child were shocked by the news.

"To find his body in the trunk is just unbelievable," says Jones.

While neighbors cope, so do police.  They are remembering Officer Hayes for who he was, not how he died.

"A fine officer, fine recruit, and well respected by this law enforcement community," says Sgt. Higgins.

A man who's death the department takes personally.

Late Friday afternoon, Memphis Police officially charged Monique Nicole Johnson, 37, with 1st degree murder in connection with the death of Officer Tony Hayes.

The motive for the incident can best be described as domestic in nature.

Ms Johnson's 16 year old son, Donald Wallace has also been charged with accessory after the fact.

No additional charges are expected in this case.