Indiana Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Line Of Duty


Lebanon, IN - Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett was fatally wounded by a fleeing suspect earlier today.

Deputy Pickett, a Brownsburg Indiana native and 2002 graduate of Brownsburg High School has been employed by the Boone County Sheriff's Office since July of 2015. Prior to his work with BCSO he served as a deputy for the Tipton County Sheriff's Department from November of 2013 until July of 2015. Deputy Pickett also served as a jailer at the Marion County Jail from 2010 until 2013. 

Deputy Pickett was the lead K9 handler for the Boone County Sheriff's Office and patrolled with his partner Brick for more than 2 years. 

Deputy Jacob Pickett and his family continue to selflessly serve even after his fatal wound by donating his organs. 

 The last person killed in the line of duty from the Boone County Sheriff's Office was Sheriff John Pepper in 1935. 

Earlier release:

Lebanon, IN - A Boone County Sheriff's Deputy has been shot while pursuing a suspect on foot. The Deputy was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition. 

The incident began when police officers from the Lebanon Police Department were attempting serve an outstanding warrant on Yates Street, in Lebanon on a female suspect. At 9:32 a.m. the officers noticed a male subject in the area who they visually identified as 28 year old John D. Baldwin Jr. Baldwin Jr. was known to have an outstanding warrant as well. When ordered to stop Baldwin Jr. and two other people got into a silver Ford Focus and fled the scene. The officers began to chase the vehicle as it fled through the streets of Lebanon. A deputy from the Boone County Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit to assist the officers. At approximately 9:39 a.m. the vehicle came to a stop on Indian Springs Road and the occupants fled on foot. While chasing one of the suspects the Boone County Deputy was shot. 

One suspect, 21 year old Anthony Bumgarht of Lebanon was wounded by officers. Another occupant of the vehicle, 55 year old John Baldwin Sr. fled on foot. Baldwin Jr., the driver, fled again in the silver Ford.  He was later apprehended by officers on I-65 after another pursuit. 

At the request of Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielson, the Indiana State Police has taken the lead investigation in this case. Currently crime scene investigators, detectives and tactical officers remain in Lebanon to continue the investigation. 

At this point police do not believe there is any further risk to the community. Police activity will likely continue through the evening.

 At the time of this release a mug photo for Anthony Bumgahrt was not available. 

More information will be released as it becomes available.