PENDLETON – A man opened fire as police arrived to investigate a reported disturbance at a central Indiana home, killing a bystander in a nearby car and wounding two officers before apparently taking his own life, police said Friday.
Pendleton Police Chief Marc Farrer said the suspected gunman, 59-year-old Jim Kenneth Bailey of New Castle, was found dead Friday morning outside a residence in the town about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Farrer said police believe Bailey fatally shot himself at some point during an hours-long manhunt that followed the Thursday night shooting, which left the two officers with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. The chief said Bailey had been armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson said officers had cordoned off the area around the home where the shooting took place while they searched for Bailey. Once they were able to enter the area Friday morning, they found that a man who had been sitting in a nearby car when Bailey began shooting had been fatally shot, Harmeson.
Farrer told WTHR-TV (http://bit.ly/OPuXOk) that autopsies are pending on the man and Bailey.
Harmeson said the man was killed during the initial gunfire with Bailey about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
“The officers initially reported taking rapid gunfire, bursts of rapid gunfire at the residence. They returned that gunfire,” Harmeson said.
Anderson police officer Marty Dulworth was wounded in both legs and later underwent surgery at St. Vincent’ Hospital in Indianapolis, Anderson Police spokesman Joel Sandefur told WTHR.
A Pendleton police officer was grazed in the neck by a bullet but returned to duty to help in the search for Bailey.
That officer’s police dog was struck and killed in the shooting.