Shooting suspect in custody after 6 hour standoff in Fredericksburg

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Michael Bailey is in custody after a shooting and tense standoff at a Fredericksburg apartment complex. Charges are pending.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA) -- A man is in custody after a shooting and tense standoff at a Fredericksburg apartment complex.

According to a release from the Fredericksburg Police Department, officers were called to the Commons at Cowan Boulevard around 8:40 Halloween night. That is where they found a 52-year-old man suffering from multiple non-life-threatening gun shot wounds to his shoulder and back lying outside his apartment. The man identified his assailant as 52-year-old Michael Allen Bailey. According to the victim, he and Bailey have known each other for a year and a half, and during that time the two men have had several disputes.

Police say Bailey retreated into his apartment after he shot his neighbor, where he was seen breaking out windows with a gun in hand.

The Fredericksburg Special Equipment and Tactical Team, as well as the Crisis Negotiation Team were mobilized. Law enforcement officials were able to establish communication with Bailey.

Troopers from the Virginia State Police, deputies from the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford County Sheriff's Offices, as well as officers from the Prince William County Police Department were also dispatched to help with tactical support and to lock down the scene. The Fredericksburg Fire Department positioned their command vehicle to provide medical assistance and technical hazard mitigation.

According to the release, the suspect fired a weapon several more times both inside and outside his apartment after officers arrived, and at one point a Fredericksburg officer returned fire.

Around 2:20 a.m., nearly six hours after the initial shooting, Bailey came out of his apartment and surrendered peacefully to police. Bailey was then transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The exact nature of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

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