Authorities said Deputy Jacob Pickett was on life support for donation of his organs
LEBANON, Ind. — A central Indiana sheriff's
deputy who was shot in the head while chasing three suspects won't
survive and was on life support for donation of his organs, authorities
Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said Deputy Jacob
Pickett, a 30-year-old father of two young boys, was on life support at
St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and his "life is being sustained so
that he can continue to serve and help others."
"We have lost a
canine officer, a deputy, a friend, a warrior and a brother," Nielsen
said during an emotional news conference at the hospital. "We are
family. We are grieving."
Police said Pickett, who is married and joined the department
about three years ago, was shot in the head at about 9:30 a.m. Friday as
he rounded a corner with his police dog as they helped chase three men
on foot in the city of Lebanon, which is about 20 miles northwest of
The three men were later captured following the
pursuit, which led to a lockdown of local schools, government offices
and a library in Lebanon while officers in body armor scoured the area
for the suspects.
State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said
investigators believe 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt shot Pickett. He
said Baumgardt was shot by officers and was at the same hospital as
Pickett with non-life-threatening injuries. He will be jailed as soon as
Carter said Friday's chase began after police
officers serving an arrest warrant for a woman noticed 28-year-old John
D. Baldwin Jr., who also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
ordered Baldwin to stop, but he got into a car with his 55-year-old
father, John Baldwin Sr., and Baumgardt and they fled the scene, Carter
Officers pursued that car as it fled through the city's
streets, and Pickett and other officers joined the chase. Pickett was
shot after the car stopped and the occupants fled on foot.
Baldwin Jr. got back into the car and drove away before being arrested
along nearby Interstate 65, police said. His father later surrendered to
Nielsen said Pickett is the first officer with the Boone
County Sheriff's Office killed in the line of duty since 1935, when
Sheriff John Pepper was killed while on duty.