Master Trooper James R. Bailey, PE7858

Criminal Charges filed in the Death of Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Bailey

DeKalb County, Indiana -- DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney Neal R. Blythe announced Thursday that Terry D. Sands II has been charged with Murder, Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 2 Felony), Operating With a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death (Level 4 Felony), and Resisting Law Enforcement (A Misdemeanor) for his actions on the day of March 3, 2023 that led to the death of Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Bailey.

At approximately 4:35 P.M. on March 3, 2023, Master Trooper Bailey was working traffic on I-69 when he became aware of a pursuit just south of him.  Master Trooper Bailey attempted to assist with the pursuit, and was out of his car working to help the Fort Wayne Police Department officer who was pursuing Terry Sands II.  Terry Sands II is alleged to have knowingly or intentionally turned his car directly towards Master Trooper Bailey, which resulted in Master Trooper Bailey being struck and killed by Sands’ vehicle.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers continue to go out to the family of Master Trooper Bailey.  They have been forced to face the most horrible tragedy any family could ever suffer.  Master Trooper Bailey served the people of DeKalb County and the State of Indiana with honor and courage, and his loss has left a hole in our community.  Today’s announcement is the first step towards seeking justice for Master Trooper Bailey, his family and friends, and the law enforcement community.

The case is pending and the investigation is still ongoing.  A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and every Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Very Truly Yours,

Neal R. Blythe
Prosecuting Attorney
DeKalb County, Indiana


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