Brent Bayliffe had only been back in town two months when he was shot and killed by an off-duty state trooper. According to his grandfather, Bayliffe, 30, had just returned to Port Orchard from Florida, where he had been living with his mother. "We really loved this boy," Harry Bayliffe told The Daily Weekly about his grandson, who he said suffered from bi-polar disorder. "I would say he just went off the deep end because he evidently didn't have his medications in him." That deep end began around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, when Bayliffe pulled into the driveway of the trooper's rural Kitsap County home.
After the trooper identified himself as a police officer, Bayliffe allegedly hit him on the head with a piece of steel rod, knocking him to the ground. The trooper says he then got back up on his feet and told Bayliffe to drop the rod. An order he apparently refused.
The trooper says that Bayliffe came after him again with the rod. But before he could land another blow, the trooper shot him. A neighbor tried to revive Bayliffe using CPR but it was too late. He was dead by the time he arrived at a hospital in Tacoma.
According to his Facebook page, Bayliffe graduated from Gig Harbor's Henderson Bay Alternative High School in 1997. More recently, in between updates on his progress playing Mafia Wars, he expressed the kind of mundane, boundless optimism you often see in Facebook updates.
Harry says that he last saw his grandson alive two weeks ago, when Bayliffe came to visit him at his Gig Harbor home to talk about a couple job leads he had. "I asked him are you taking your medications son and he said, 'Yeah gramps, I am.'"
Harry also insisted that it was unlike Bayliffe to hit anyone. And that the trooper should have fired into the air to scare him, rather than shooting him an as-yet undetermined number of times.
"He's not a violent boy," Harry says of his grandson. "But there's no sense mourning. We've got to move on. Because he might be in a better place than this worthless Earth, and that's what it's getting to be."