One Injured in Shooting at Fredericksburg Apartment Complex
Fredericksburg Police Department public information officer Natatia Bledsoe said the charges against Michael Allen Bailey include:
- Malicious wounding
- Attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer
- Four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
- Burglary with intent to commit a felony
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling
- Destruction of property
- Breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny or assault
- Grand larceny of a firearm
Bailey is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Bailey surrendered to police after nearly six hours of negotiations with the Fredericksburg
Crisis Negotiation Team. During the first hours of the incident, Bailey fired numerous
rounds both inside and outside his apartment.
"At one point while Bailey was outside on his balcony, he aimed his weapon at a Fredericksburg police officer who returned fire," Bledsoe said. Bailey had multiple minor injuries to his hands and face when he was taken into custody, but it is unclear if any of these injuries were the result of gunfire.
After the standoff concluded, the investigation revealed that the weapon in Bailey’s possession, a 22-caliber rifle, had been stolen from another resident’s apartment in the Commons complex.
The shooting victim, a 52-year-old man, has been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover. He was shot in his apartment after Bailey forced his way inside, Bledsoe said.
"The Fredericksburg Police Department is thankful for the great assistance and cooperation displayed by the agencies who responded to this incident," Fredericksburg Police Chief David Nye said in a press release. “I am grateful for the cooperative relationship that exists between our departments and for the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by every participating individual.”
These partners included the Virginia State Police, the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford Sheriff’s Offices, and the Prince William County Police Department. The Fredericksburg Fire Department was also instrumental in providing critical support.
Bledsoe said the investigation into this incident is ongoing.