Special Agent John Lawrence Bailey

Special Agent John Lawrence Bailey

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1990

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John Lawrence Bailey

Special Agent Bailey was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada during a bank robbery attempt.

Agent Bailey was in a bank when it was robbed. He identified himself as an agent and ordered the man to stop. As the man turned, Agent Bailey fired a round but missed the suspect. However, he was able to take the suspect into custody and place him on a chair. As Special Agent Bailey's attention was diverted the suspect lunged at him and knocked his gun out of his hand. The suspect recovered his own weapon and shot Agent Bailey three times.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Agent Bailey was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and was awarded two bronze stars.

He served with the FBI for 21 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Nevada
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

bank robbery

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I served with John in Tampa prior to his Las Vegas assignment. John was beloved by the Tampa Divison. He was, is and will always be remembered as a great Dad, Husband, Agent and Patriot. May John RIP forevermore.

Russ Wood
FBI Agent (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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