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A deputy in Boone County, Indiana will likely not survive after he was shot by a suspect while serving a search warrant. Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said Friday afternoon Deputy Jacob Pickett, 34, will not survive his injuries and plans are already in progress to donate his organs.
"Today, the thin blue line was shattered," Sheriff Nielsen said. "Deputy Jacob Pickett, a 5-year-veteran of the Boone’s County Sheriff’s Department was shot." After the shooting, Pickett was taken to Witham Hospital but was later transferred to St. Vincent Indianapolis by a medical helicopter in an attempt to save his life.
"Jake continues to give life after death, by being an organ donor," Nielsen continued. According to Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, Deputy Pickett was shot in the head. He was an officer in Tipton for two years before becoming a Boone County deputy for three years.
Pickett had a K-9 partner named Brick who worked as a full utility dog with the Boone County Sheriff's Office for more than two years. Pickett grew up in Brownsburg and graduated from Brownsburg High School in 2002. Pickett was the first Boone County Sheriff's deputy to die in the line of duty since 1935.
He often provided traffic and safety support for the northwest campus of Traders Point Christian Church who released a statement Friday evening:
"Traders Point Christian Church mourns the loss of Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett who was killed in the line of duty on Friday. Officer Pickett regularly provided traffic and safety support during our Northwest campus services. We all felt safer because of his presence and the presence of his K9, Brick. We loved his sense of humor, and we are all grateful for the impact that he and Brick made in our lives. Deputy Pickett was an important part of our church family, and we will miss him tremendously. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office."
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit: Boone County Jail</span>
According to Indiana State Police, the Lebanon police were serving a search warrant on a female suspect when they spotted John Baldwin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. Baldwin Jr. was wanted for violation of probation and was ordered to stop but he got into a silver Ford Focus and fled the scene with two others.
A chase ensued during which Pickett joined the pursuit when the suspect fled on foot near Indian Springs Road. Shots were fired and Pickett was struck in the head. The suspect who shot Pickett was also hit and has been identified as 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt and he is in stable condition.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released a statement saying:
"Janet and I are stunned and heartbroken over the tragic events today in Boone County today involving Sheriff Deputy Jacob Pickett. Words cannot convey the sorrow we feel for his wife and young children as well as the entire Boone County Sheriff’s Office. I ask Hoosiers around the state to join me in honoring his service and dedication."
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