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

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

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:
Incident Township:
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 pursuit 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. 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 two 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 memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.

An official memorial fund has been established on behalf of the family by the Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation. Donations may be made at ProFed Credit Union with six locations in Fort Wayne as well as branches in Angola, Auburn, Bluffton, Columbia City, Decatur, Kendallville and New Haven. Donations may also be made online by visiting the Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation website or by mail at 1710 South 10th Street, Noblesville, Indiana 46060-3835.


Superintendent Douglas G. Carter
Indiana State Police
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N340
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2259
(317) 232-8248
Lt. R. Corey Culler, Commander
Fort Wayne District
Indiana State Police
5811 Ellison Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804-4709
(260) 432-8661
(800) 552-0976

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