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Video: Transgender suspect allegedly gunned down parents

Handcuffs. (Andrei Calangiu/Dreamstime/TNS)
June 24, 2024

Police in southwest Utah arrested a transgender-identifying male suspect after a multi-hour manhunt following a double homicide of the suspect’s parents.

The Washington City Police Department said its officers were called to a residence at around 7 p.m. last Tuesday, where they found two adult victims with gunshot wounds. The police department said officers attempted lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessful.

“At this time, a single suspect has been identified as Collin Troy Bailey,” Washington City police said in a press statement after midnight on Wednesday morning.

The Washington City Police Department identified Collin Bailey as “a transgender male transitioning to a female” who “currently goes by the name of Mia Bailey.”

Police further described Bailey as white, 5’10” tall, 130 pounds, and having naturally brown hair but is known to wear wigs and frequently change hairstyles. Police said Bailey was seen leaving the area of the shooting in a yellow 2014 Kia Soul with Utah License Plate U069GF.

The police department said Bailey was likely armed and dangerous and advised people not to approach the suspect, but to instead contact police with any leads or sightings.

The Washington City Police Department did not initially identify the two victims.

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Police in neighboring St. George, Utah, announced shortly after noon on Wednesday that they had found the shooting suspect and had lifted a stay-at-home-shelter-in-place advisory for the surrounding communities.

“We have the suspect in custody. Everyone is safe. No one else was injured,” St. George Police Department Officer Tiffany Mitchell said in a video statement.

Salt Lake City-based NBC affiliate KSL 5 News captured footage showing the moment Bailey surrendered to police officers.

On Friday, the Washington County Attorney’s Office identified the two people killed in the Tuesday night shooting as Joseph and Gail Bailey, the parents of the 28-year-old shooting suspect. 

“Bailey is charged with nine first degree felonies and one third degree felony: two counts of Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder, seven counts of Felony Discharge of a Firearm (six being first degree felonies and one a third-degree felony), and one count of Aggravated Burglary,” the local prosecutor’s office said.

Utah is a death penalty state; however, the prosecutor’s office said it had decided not to seek the death penalty in this case “after a careful review of the alleged facts involved.” The prosecutor’s office did not elaborate further on the issue.

According to KSL 5 News, a police booking affidavit showed that the suspect told police officers “that she did not have remorse for her actions and that she would not change what she had done.” The suspect reportedly said, “I would do it again. I hate them.”