Master Trooper
James Ray Bailey
Indiana State Police
Friday, March 3, 2023

Age: 50
Served: 15 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Not Included
Included (2023)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, March 3, 2023
04:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Interstate 69 near Auburn
Incident County:
DeKalb
Incident Township:
Keyser
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Awaiting trial
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Calvary Cemetery, Garrett

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   Master Trooper James Bailey was struck and killed during a pursuit near the 326-mile marker on northbound Interstate 69 south of Auburn.

   He was assisting other troopers with weather-related accidents when a vehicle being driven erratically and at a high rate of speed was being pursued by an off-duty officer from the Fort Wayne Police Department approached the area.

   As he deployed Stop Sticks, the driver of the vehicle being pursued turned his vehicle directly towards Master Trooper Bailey, striking him. He was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne where he died.

   The 42-year-old male driver was taken into custody and has been charged with murder, felony counts of resisting law enforcement by motor vehicle causing death and operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance resulting in death.

   Master Trooper Bailey, from Auburn, was assigned to the Fort Wayne post. In 2010, he and his wife, a registered nurse, while off duty were awarded the agency's Life Saving Award for reviving an elderly man who had collapsed at a grocery store in Fort Wayne.

   He is survived by his wife, Amy (née Garn); son, Joseph; daughter, Sophia; father, Bill Bailey; brother, Bill Jr. (Tiffany) Bailey; and sister, Theresa (Kevin) McBride.

Historical Notes

• Master Trooper Bailey is the second of seven Indiana line of duty deaths in 2023.
• He is the 45th line of duty death of the Indiana State Police.
• His line of duty death is the second that has originated from DeKalb County.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This officer has been approved as an eligible line of duty death by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and will be honored during Police Week 2024.


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