Thursday, August 20, 2020

Suspect in Sumpter shooting deaths surrenders

Raymond Lee Bailey
The Sumpter Township man sought in connection with the shooting and killing of four people in a Martinsville Road last week surrendered to police Sunday evening.
According to Sumpter Township Police Chief Eric Luke, Raymond Lee Bailey, 37, the subject of a state-wide manhunt, entered the Bay County Sheriff's office and turned himself over to authorities at about 10 p.m. Aug. 16.  Luke said that officers from Sumpter Township were already en route to the Bay City area as part of the investigation and took Bailey into custody and transported him to Sumpter Township where he is incarcerated awaiting a charge determination from the office of the Wayne County prosecutor's office.

Police across the state had been searching for Bailey, suspected in the shooting deaths of two men and two women last Saturday. According to police reports, Sumpter Township police officers responded to a report of gunshots at a residence in the 24000 block of Martinsville Road at about 11:35 p.m. Aug. 15.  When Sumpter officers arrived on the scene, they discovered four people, each in their mid-30s, dead of apparent gunshot wounds. A crime scene response team from the Michigan State Police Forensic Division was requested by township investigators and arrived on the scene to assist in the processing of evidence, according to police reports.
A preliminary investigation identified Bailey, identified as the former boyfriend of one of the victims, as a suspect in the shootings.
He had reportedly confessed to the shooting deaths to several people by telephone and text messages, according to official reports.
 Detectives also learned that Bailey might be traveling to Northern Michigan. His vehicle, police said, was found abandoned near Bay City.