The Clewiston News

Local man accused of shooting deputy

Hendry County sheriff

Kaleb James

CLEWISTON — A Clewiston man has been arrested in connection with the March 9 shooting of a Hendry County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

According to the HCSO report, Deputy Sheriff Jayson Moorehead and two other deputies were conducting a business check in front of M&M Grocery, 944 Kentucky Ave., in Clewiston just before the shooting. Deputy Moorehead had attempted to make contact with a man who fled upon the arrival of law enforcement officers, the report continues.

During the follow-up investigation by Deputy Moorehead, shots rang out, striking the deputy, according to the HCSO report.

According to a HCSO press release, the shooter fired four times.

The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound to the left arm.  Deputy Moorehead was transported to a trauma center, where he was treated.

He has since been released from the hospital.

“We are very fortunate he wasn’t seriously injured,” said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden.

Investigators arrested and charged Kaleb James, 21, of Clewiston with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Violation of Probation.  James is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail with no bond.

The sheriff’s office is asking if anyone has any additional information regarding this shooting to call the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600 or you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).