Back in Nov. I had posted about Lori Bailey, the woman who had gone to court and requested a protection order on the basis that she thought that her husband was trying to poison her. A protection order was granted. Several days later, she was dropping her children off at the babysitter’s when her husband John Bailey confronted her there, kidnapped her and later shot and killed her and then turned the weapon on himself. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

More information is now coming out about what led up to the shooting.

It seems that John Bailey was a former auxiliary sheriff’s deputy. And when Deputies Ernest Jackson, 37, and Terry Olsen, 40, went to the home to serve the order for Bailey to remove himself from the premises and pick up his weapons, allegedly Bailey went on a rampage causing damage to the home and furnishings while officers were still present. Some estimates of the damage are set at $25,000.

Bailey’s sister, Patricia Bailey, 43, who was reportedly “off duty” was called to the home. She allegedly stopped the deputies from taking an inventory of his weapons and removing all of Bailey’s weapons from the home.

Bailey was not arrested until the next day.

There were questions that came out. Why was there such a large extent of damage at the home, while officers were present? How did Bailey come up with a weapon, when officers reportedly removed the weapons from the home? Why was Bailey not arrested until the following day?

The sheriff’s office did do an investigation. And the results of that investigation were taken to the Grand Jury. Indictments have been brought against the two deputies who were to serve the protection order and remove the weapons for dereliction of duty, for failing to stop the vandalism and for failing to arrest Bailey.

The sister Patricia Bailey, was also charged with dereliction of duty and was additionally charged with obstructing official business.

columbusdispatch.com             chillicothegazette.com    


If the officers had taken more appropriate action would it have saved the lives of both John Bailey and Lori Bailey? I won’t presume to say that it would have or wouldn’t have made a difference. Certainly if the weapons had been removed, that would have prevented him from shooting her, but would not have guaranteed that he couldn’t use another weapon.

Would an attitude of “this won’t be tolerated” have made a difference to John Bailey, would it have made him think about his actions? Did the inaction of the officers lead John Bailey to feeling the officers were sympathetic to his cause?

Would it have made a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Unfortunately, we will not have an opportunity to know.

But this has an even broader application than in just one domestic violence incident or murder. How about other officer domestic violence incidents? Are they being treated appropriately? If officers do not handle a situation with one of their own appropriately, how do they handle other domestic violence incidents? How do other law enforcement agencies handle domestic violence? How much do attitudes and sympathies of law enforcement affect domestic violence victims?

For the original post and further information on the murder of Lori Bailey, check out “Enjoy your pretty little smile while you still have it”

For more domestic violence cases involving public safety employees, check out Behind the Blue Wall


The three officers are pleading not guilty.


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