Detectives are searching for answers after a 59-year-old man was found shot dead in his Huron County home late Wednesday. Police are treating the matter as a homicide.
According to a press release from Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson, police at about 11:19 p.m. were summoned to a dwelling in the 2000 block of Rapson Road in Verona Township after a resident contacted Huron Central Dispatch to report that his father had been shot.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, no arrests have been made.
Huron County deputies and Bad Axe police officers arrived on scene, not knowing if the shooter or shooters were still on the premises, and found the victim – Ricky H. Bailey of Bad Axe – laying on the floor with two gunshot wounds. He was taken to McLaren Thumb Region hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Hanson said the man’s two sons – ages 11 and 20 – were at the home when the shooting occurred. The younger of the two told investigators he heard a door opening and alerted his father. Two assailants armed with handguns had entered the home and shot the father, the 11-year-old told police according to the press release.
“From our understanding, (the assailants) yelled at the victim while he laid on the floor making reference to wanting ‘the money,’” Hanson said in the press release. “The victim was then further physically assaulted by one of the assailants while the youngest son attempted to lock himself in a bathroom.”
The child was removed from the bathroom after one of the assailants kicked in the door, and was taken to another room where he was told to lay on the floor. The 20-year-old had taken cover in a separate room.
Hanson said the assailants were described as wearing black ski masks, black leather coats, black gloves and black pants. It is believed the assailants targeted the specific residence either because of past residents or the current residents, who have not lived there for long.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting, or may have seen a vehicle in the area of Rapson Road – especially near the Rapson Road/Sullivan Road intersection – to contact Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421.
The Michigan State Police Crime Lab arrived at the scene at about 3:30 a.m. to join the investigation. The Huron County Medical Examiner’s Office is making arrangements for an autopsy on the victim.
The investigation continues and Hanson said that several tips have been received by late Thursday afternoon.