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Man killed by IMPD officers was in-and-out of jail, convicted of 14 felonies

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 13:28:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 45-year-old man who was shot and killed by police after leading them on a chase early Thursday morning had an extensive criminal background with records dating back to when he was just 19 years old.  

Call 6 Investigates uncovered court documents showing that Aaron Bailey had been in and out of jail on multiple charges starting back in 1991.

Court records show Bailey had been convicted of 14 felony and 19 misdemeanor charges over the past 26 years. Those charges include theft, robbery, burglary, battery by bodily fluids, prostitution and numerous drug related charges. 

Since 2014 alone, Bailey had been the subject of at least 16 incidents involving the police.

Police say Bailey was driving just before 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning when police pulled him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Burdsal Parkway and Riverside Drive. During that stop, Bailey sped from the scene, leading police on a brief chase before he crashed into a tree near the intersection of 23rd Street and Aqueduct Street. 

An altercation occurred after that crash and the two officers fired "multiple" rounds at the vehicle, hitting Bailey. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

No weapon was found inside the vehicle. 

The circumstances surrounding that shooting have not been released. 

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Below is a timeline of events leading up to Thursday's deadly shooting:

  • 1:45 a.m.: Officers initiated a traffic stop at Burdsal Parkway and Riverside Drive for a traffic violation (9 minutes long) During that stop the man fled from officers.
  • 1:54 a.m.:  Officers announced over their radio that they were chasing the man
  • 1:54 a.m.: Less than a minute later, the vehicle they were chasing crashed into a tree at 23rd Street and Aqueduct Street
  • 1:55 a.m.: Officers announced on radio they were involved in a police action shooting
  • 2:02 a.m.: EMS arrived on scene
  • 2:05 a.m.: Driver was taken to Eskenazi Hospital
  • 2:24 a.m.: Driver was pronounced deceased at Eskenazi Hospital
  • 3:00 a.m.: Female passenger was arrested on a narcotics charge

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