Burglary suspect shot at scene

A burglary suspect who was shot in the legs early Monday at a home in Gateway faces arrest upon his release from St. Mary’s Hospital, authorities said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said an arrest warrant for William Bailey, 63, of Florida, was signed by a judge Tuesday afternoon. The document wasn’t immediately available at the Mesa County Justice Center.

Investigators had pursued a warrant for Bailey’s arrest on suspicion of attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and second-degree trespass, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Bailey was listed in good condition Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s.

The Sheriff’s Department alleges that Bailey targeted the home at 19200 Colorado Highway 141, where deputies responded at 12:31 a.m. Monday to a report of a burglary in progress.

McCammon said Bailey and the owner of the home, Diana Bonfilio, had been “friends” at some point in Florida, but McCammon declined to say how recently investigators believe the pair had been in contact with one another.

McCammon said a man who lives at the home with Bonfilio told deputies he opened fire with a shotgun after the burglary suspect threw rocks at the windows of the home, breaking at least one.

Deputies arrived to find Bailey lying on the ground outside the home, wounded in the shin on one leg and shot in his foot on the other, McCammon said.

Nothing in the investigation suggests criminal charges are appropriate for the man who shot Bailey, authorities said.

MaCammon said Bailey has cooperated with the investigation.

According to online records with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Bailey was arrested in July 2007 by Grand Junction police on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court.

A woman who answered the phone Monday at the Colorado 141 home declined to speak about the incident.


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