Friday, July 30, 2010

New Description of Suspect in Officer Michael Bailey's Murder: Reward now $129,000

Police are looking for a man seen running away from the area where Chicago Police Officer Michael Bailey was murdered July 18.

The man is described as a 6-foot, 160-pound, 18- to 24-year-old black man with a medium-dark complexion and a short “fade” haircut, according to a community alert issued Wednesday. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jean-shorts with a long brown or orange belt hanging from his pants.

Bailey, 62, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt outside his home in the 7400 block of South Evans Avenue. He was the vice president of the Park Manor Neighbors’ Community Council.

The 20-year veteran officer was assigned to the Central District, which encompasses the Loop, and he had just finished an overnight shift guarding the mayor’s home. He planned to retire next month.

Bailey was polishing his new Buick Regal when he was killed.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the FBI, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Park Manor Neighbors’ Community Council and a group of 13 law firms have all contributed to a reward fund worth $129,450 offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman, a police release said.

Anyone with information about Bailey’s slaying is asked to contact Calumet Area detectives at (312) 747-8272.

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