Portage County sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting death of an Atwater man that took place in the 2200 block of Alliance Road early Sunday morning.
Kevin M. Bailey, 32, with a last known address of 1425 Whittlesey Ave., was shot at least once in the upper torso at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.
Investigators believe they know who shot Bailey, and that man is cooperating with the investigation, detective Lt. Greg Johnson said. Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses, he said.
An autopsy on Bailey's body was performed at the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office in Akron on Monday, and no further information was immediately available. Once the investigation is completed, it will be reviewed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office for consideration of criminal charges.
Bailey's death is being investigated as a homicide, which in legal terms is the killing of one person by another. It has not been ruled a murder, which would imply a criminal act.
Bailey recently was released from the Portage County jail after being arrested by a Portage County sheriff's deputy on Jan. 10 and charged with one count each of theft of a credit card, a fifth-degree felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to court records, Bailey alleged stole a credit card and took a 1998 Chevrolet Venture van without permission from two victims on Jan. 10, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. He was free on a personal recognizance bond, pending future court dates, at the time of his death.
Bailey was a three-time convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record in Portage County. He spent four years in prison from 2003 to 2007 on a felony burglary conviction out of Portage County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to one year in prison in January 2011 after being convicted of fourth-degree felony aggravated assault and grand theft for assaulting another man and stealing a Ford Explorer on May 23, 2010, according to court records.
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