MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Hennepin County jury has convicted a Minneapolis man of murder, after police were able to catch him thanks to ShotSpotter cameras.

Christopher Hayes, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder and immediately sentenced to life in prison for killing 21-year-old Christopher Roy DeRonde on Sept. 17, 2010.

Minneapolis homicide investigators say their gunshot detection equipment heard gunfire at 30th and Colfax Avenue North at the time of the shooting. The ShotSpotter System triggered surveillance cameras to turn toward the shooting. The cameras captured video of a getaway car leaving the scene.

Police located that vehicle, which eventually led them to arrest Hayes.

At the time of the incident, police said the 150 cameras and Shot-Spotter equipment have helped them before, but this is first time they were the key pieces to solve a true mystery with no good clues.

Comments (12)
  1. I Am Not Guilty, The Stystem Is Just to Sneaky says:

    I wonder if all the morons that are against video taping people running red lights are going to come to this guys aid.

    1. Matt says:

      I doubt highly that the only evidence that they have in this case is the video, but that’s the premise of the red light camera which is why it can’t and shouldn’t be used.

  2. iwaswrong says:

    Shame on me, when I first read this article, i just assumed it was a white male. My bad, i repent

  3. Kathie Hubbard says:

    A wonderful use of technology! I”m glad to see the Mpls PD is on the ball in using some of the latest technology in crime fighting. Kudos to the dept.

  4. Jake says:

    Now all we need in this state is a death penalty for stupid stuff like this.

  5. jackie says:

    sick.
    Kids killing kids. I think that if there really is a god, He really does need to come back and just wipe out this entire selfish,needy, crime ridden hell hole. take us all back to day one and start all over. this world is a shame and disgrace.

  6. Tom Willard says:

    You mean to tell me the ALCU wasn’t able to get this thing tossed out? I am taking the day off to celebrate!

  7. Bob says:

    If you heard a shot you’d turn and look. Being a good citizen, you’d give a description of the shooter to police. Having poor eyesight, you’d give the wrong description and an innocent person ends up in jail. A camera, on the other hand, produces an accurate picture and the innocent person isn’t even arrested. Bravo, camera.

  8. Leo says:

    Bob, not also to mention that many residents of the area do not call the police for fear of retaliation or because they too are part of the criminal element. It is a good thing to have these shot spotter systems installed in our communities to help police respond to incidents.

    Now, another big question to ask, this may sound like it is coming from an ACLU person, but what can we do, as a society, to help reduce crime rates, reduce the likelihood of youth becoming involved in gangs and what can we do to help them succeed in life through the culturally accepted means.

    1. iknowwhatwecoulddo says:

      Leo, we could order a case of gur-b-gone

      1. suckstobeyou says:

        Hey Christopher ” the loser ” Hayes, hope you had a chance to watch the movie called ” Sleepers ” before you go to the pen. If you did, you know what your going to be doing all day and all night!!!!! It’s a pitty that we now will save the state of Minnesota a few hundred a month by 1 less welfare check, but cost it several thousand more for incarceration!!!

  9. Sydia says:

    That whole damn family is full of welfare queens and criminals, i’m glad this stupid fool got life. I hope he doesn’t drop the soap while he’s in the shower.