Four arrested in deadly Laurel County shooting

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) – Four people are behind bars in connection to a shooting in Laurel County that killed a man.

Douglas Bailey (top, l,) Crystal Johnson (top, r,) James Hart (bottom, l,) and Dewain Bailey (bottom, right,) are all charged in connection to the shooting. (Photo: Laurel County Detention Center)

The Laurel County sheriff says that the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a home off Old KY 30, about 5 miles north of London.

When investigators arrived at the scene, they say they found 28-year-old Michael Bailey, of East Bernstadt, with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Bailey was flown to UK Hospital, where he later died. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Deputies arrested 44-year-old Douglas Earl Bailey, 38-year-old Crystal Nicole Johnson, 46-year-old James Brian Hart, and 50-year-old Dewain N. Bailey. Three of them are felons.

Douglas Bailey is charged with first-degree assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Deputies say he was holding the gun when his cousin, Michael Bailey, was shot.

"We did charge the shooter with assault first-degree," said Laurel County Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. "We do want to figure out what the circumstances of the shooting were.”

Crystal Johnson is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. James Hart is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dewain Bailey is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Deputies say Dewain Bailey admitted to taking meth prior to the shooting.

All four were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and additional charges are expected.