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Bond set at $2M for accused Sanibel shooter

Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 08:30:21-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Sanibel man accused of drive-by shooting ambush on an officer was issued a $2 million bond.

Jon Hay faces one count of first-degree attempted murder against a law enforcement officer. He showed very little emotion Monday as a judge issued his bond and a no-contact order with Jarred Ciccone, the officer he's accused of trying to murder.

Ciccone was sitting in his car after a routine traffic stop when he was shot. Investigators say he also engaged in a gun battle with two others officers when they attempted to arrest him. Fourteen spent shells were recovered from the scene and an AR-15 style rifle was also recovered, according to investigators.

A criminal trial attorney not connected to the case told Fox 4 because this isn't a murder case, Hay's non-violent past may have played a larger role in the Judge's decision.

"Prior record is very important to a judge," said Stuart Pepper. "Also their ties to the community; has this person lived here for many years, were they born and raised here," he added.

If Hay does post bond he'll be required to wear a GPS monitor and turn over his guns to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

His case comes at a time when officers around the country are coming under target, and some argue a $2 million bond may not be high enough to fit the crime.

"The question is what's a fair amount under the constitution," said Pepper.