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Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

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Shooting Suspect Charged with Multiple Felonies

Michael Allen Bailey, 50, of Fredericksburg has been arrested for multiple felonies related to a shooting incident at the Commons at Cowan Boulevard that started at 8:40 p.m. on October 31 and stretched through the overnight hours into November 1.  

The charges include:

  • Malicious wounding
  • Attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer
  • Four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Burglary with intent to commit a felony
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling
  • Destruction of property
  • Breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny or assault
  • Grand larceny of a firearm

Bailey is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. 

Bailey surrendered to police after nearly six hours of negotiations with the Fredericksburg Crisis Negotiation Team.  During the first hours of the incident, Bailey fired numerous rounds both inside and outside his apartment.  At one point while Bailey was outside on his balcony, he aimed his weapon at a Fredericksburg police officer who returned fire.  Bailey had multiple minor injuries to his hands and face when he was taken into custody, but it is unclear if any of these injuries were the result of gunfire. 

After the standoff concluded, the investigation revealed that the weapon in Bailey’s possession, a 22 caliber rifle, had been stolen from another resident’s apartment in the Commons complex. 

The shooting victim, a 52-year-old man, has been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover from his injuries. He was shot in his apartment after Bailey forced his way inside.   

The Fredericksburg Police Department is thankful for the great assistance and cooperation displayed by the agencies who responded to this incident.  These partners included the Virginia State Police, the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Sheriff’s Offices, and the Prince William County Police Department.  The Fredericksburg Fire Department was also instrumental in providing critical support.  

“I am grateful for the cooperative relationship that exists between our departments and for the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by every participating individual,” said Chief David Nye.  

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.