Man shot, killed by police after barricade situation identified

Updated: Oct. 3, 2018 at 6:20 AM CDT
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BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Bartlett.

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Toby Bailey.

The shooting comes after the Bartlett Police Department was working a barricade situation on Stage Road at Bailey’s home.

Police were originally at the home because of a domestic issue. Bailey then ran into his home, made threats to officers and barricaded himself inside the home.

“I thought it was just some cops pulling over somebody for a speeding ticket because they do that all the time on this strip,” a neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said.

By midnight Bailey's wife began to sing and plead for her husband to come out of the house.

Police negotiators, family members, and a pastor attempted to talk to Bailey, encouraging him to surrender.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Bailey then fired several shots inside the home.

After multiple attempts to get him to come out, SWAT officers deployed tear gas before entering the home around 1:30 a.m.

Police shot Bailey after he pointed a gun at the officers.

A rottweiler was also shot and killed.

TBI, who is now investigating the shooting, confirmed at least two Bartlett police officers fired their weapons.

Bailey’s uncle, Pastor Renwick Porter, said the police were called after Bailey got into an argument with his wife. The couple’s four children were in the house.

“It just got a little heated and was spiraling out of control so his wife tried to nip it in the bud and called the police before it escalated to violence,” Porter said.

Porter said Bailey had started drinking after a contract for a janitorial business he was starting fell through. He said he had trouble finding a job because he has a felony from more than 10 years ago.

Shelby County court records show this was not the first time Bartlett police were called for a domestic issue.

(Source: Family)
(Source: Family)

In 2006, Bailey was arrested for domestic assault. The officer noted in the affidavit on both Bailey and his wife, there were “visible signs of physical altercation.”

According to records, a few months after the arrest, the Shelby County prosecutor declined to pursue the charge.

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