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Man Arrested At Vacant House After Fatally Shooting Sister's Boyfriend In Oak Park

The man was discovered inside a burned down house.

June 16, 2019 - 7:49 pm
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OAK PARK, Mich. (WWJ) -- A 23-year-old man who was wanted for shooting another man in Oak Park late Saturday afternoon has been arrested.

Oak Park police are still investigating exactly what led up to the shooting, but they say 23-year-old Devante Bailey was arrested Sunday afternoon for fatally shooting his sister's boyfriend during what they describe as a domestic incident.

Police say Bailey shot the 29-year-old victim multiple times inside a home in the area of Berkley and Dartmouth Streets -- south of I-696 and Coolidge Highway -- around 6 p.m. Saturday. He fled the home on foot, running through yards and hopping fences in the neighborhood, according to witnesses. Bailey, described as about 6-feet tall with a thin build, was last seen wearing a dark colored t-shirt with security written on the back in white, blue shorts and brown Timberland boots. 

Police say around 5:15 p.m. Sunday an Oak Park woman came to the police station on an unrelated matter. That woman, who lives next to a house that had burned down, reported hearing what sounded like someone knocking on her door Saturday evening, but didn't see anyone and thought nothing of it.

On Sunday, police wondered whether the suspect may have gone into the vacant home in search of cover. When they arrived at the home, they saw a Timberland boot print on the door that had been kicked in. Authorities surrounded the house and ordered him to come out.

Police said Bailey was ordered down to the ground before he went back in the house. He then came back outside and was arrested. Police recovered a weapon and they believe it was the gun Bailey used to shoot the victim.

Authorities believed Bailey may have fled to Detroit after the shooting, where he reportedly had relatives.

The victim's name has not been released, as the case is still under investigation.