Indiana State Trooper struck by vehicle and killed in the line of duty

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. -- 50-year-old Master Trooper James R. Bailey of Auburn, Indiana, was killed in the line of duty on Friday as a result of a vehicle crash incident on Interstate 69, according to Indiana State Police.

Officials say that the crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Friday while Bailey was helping other troopers manage a traffic backup near the 326 mile marker on I-69.

Troopers say that Bailey was made aware of an individual driving at high speeds that was approaching his location while trying to evade an officer from the Fort Wayne Police Department and attempted to deploy stop sticks.

Bailey was then struck by the suspected vehicle and was wounded at the scene, according to troopers.

EMS provided care at the scene and Bailey was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he passed away as a result of his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, although the suspected driver in the incident was identified as 42-year-old Terry Dewaine Sands II of Marion, Indiana, according to police.

Sands II was taken into custody at the DeKalb County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and causing death to a law enforcement officer.

Any further charges to be pressed against Sands II will be handled by the DeKalb County Prosecutor.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter spoke on Bailey's passing and stressed the importance of resiliency.

"This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police Family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Bailey's family, friends and co-workers." said Carter.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb also released a statement regarding Bailey's death, offering his condolences to the family.

"Our prayers are with Master Trooper James R. Bailey's family, fellow troopers, and all of Indiana State Police as we learn of his death in the line of service. His legacy will live on, and his memory will never be forgotten." said Governor Holcomb.

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