Police release name of Michigan man killed at home by masked intruders


VERONA TWP, MI – Police have released the name of a Huron County man shot dead at his home by masked intruders.

Ricky H. Bailey, 59, was found unconscious and lying on the floor of his house at 2374 Rapson Road in the canton of Verona by police who responded at around 11:19 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. Bailey was suffering from two gunshot wounds when Huron County Sheriff’s Deputies and Bad Ax Police arrived at his home.

Bailey was taken to McLaren Thumb Region Hospital, where staff declared him deceased. Bailey’s 20 and 11-year-old sons were at home but were not physically injured.

The two sons told MPs that they and their father were in different rooms of the house when the younger heard a door open. He went to tell his father that two assailants armed with handguns appeared and shot the father, MPs said.

“From what we understood, they yelled at the victim as she was lying on the floor, referring to wanting ‘the money’,” Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said. “The victim was then physically assaulted by one of the attackers while the youngest son tried to lock himself in a bathroom. He was then removed from the bathroom after one of the attackers kicked in the door and escorted him to another room to tell him to lie down on the floor.

At this point, the 20-year-old son took refuge in another room.

The attackers finally left, allowing the two sons to call Huron County Central Dispatch for assistance.

“The tragic incident unfolded within minutes,” said Hanson. “At present, it is believed that the attackers targeted the specific residence either because of former residents or because of the current which has apparently not been there for so long.”

Hanson added that his investigators received extensive advice on Thursday.

“They are being tracked and will continue tomorrow and the days to come,” the sheriff said. “Unfortunately, I have nothing more to report.”

The attackers were described as wearing black ski masks, black leather coats, black gloves and black pants. It is not known how they arrived or left the scene.

Anyone who may have seen vehicles in the Rapson Road area during the time of the incident, particularly near the Sullivan Road intersection, is asked to call Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421.

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