Elwood man arrested on several gun related charges

Mar. 20—ANDERSON — Billy Joe Bailey, 35, was arrested Tuesday by Elwood police on charges of battery against a public safety official, attempted robbery, two counts of criminal confinement, two counts of intimidation with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness for firing into a house.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by officer Andy McGuire, officers were dispatched at 8:10 p.m. Monday in the area of 11th and South A Street.

A witness told police he was visiting his father's house with his girlfriend and two children and noticed Bailey walking away from the locked residence.

The witness said Bailey was acting strange and talking to himself. As the witness attempted to leave, Bailey banged on the car window with a handgun.

Bailey ordered the witness to exit the vehicle and that he intended to take the car, but later changed his mind.

While talking with the witness, officers heard a gunshot in the 900 block of Main Street and observed Bailey walking in the area with the gun in his hand.

Officers pulled their weapons and directed Bailey to put the gun on the ground several times, to which Bailey refused to comply.

"Just kill me! Just kill me!" Bailey said.

They found Bailey lying on the ground and he several times attempted to bite the officers on the hand and knee, the affidavit said.

Once in handcuffs Bailey continued to resist and officers struck him in the face three times, according to the report. Bailey was transported to St. Vincent Mercy Hospital.

Officers recovered the handgun and a sock containing methamphetamine.

They also observed a bullet hole in a glass door at the residence in the 900 block of Main Street.

The resident of the house told police that he was working on cars with Bailey. At some point Bailey displayed the handgun and pushed the resident onto the bed.

Bailey said he wanted to kill the resident, walked out of the house and fired at the house, according to the report.

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