Police Officer Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

Police Officer Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 2010

Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

Officer Michael Bailey was shot and killed while attempting to take action in an attempted armed robbery in front of his South Side home at approximately 6:20 am.

Officer Bailey had just returned home from his shift on a mayoral protection detail, and was still in uniform, when a male subject approached and attempted to rob him of his vehicle.

He identified himself and exchanged shots with the man, but was struck three times during the shootout. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested approximately two months later after another carjacking. He was charged with Officer Bailey's murder one year later while in prison on the second charge.

Officer Bailey was one month from retiring after having served with the Chicago Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the Central District. He had previously served as a fireman with the Glenview Fire Department and was a US Air Force veteran. Officer Bailey was survived by his wife, son, two daughters, brother, sister and 14 grandchildren.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 13970
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 2, 2018

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