Deputy Sheriff Jake Pickett succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while attempting to apprehend a wanted subject.
The man had fled from Lebanon police officers who had gone to his home to serve a warrant on a different person. The officers recognized the man as also having warrants but he fled in a vehicle with two other people when the officers tried to take him into custody. Deputy Pickett, a canine handler, joined the pursuit until it came to a stop on Indian Springs Road.
The wanted man fled on foot with Deputy Pickett and his canine in pursuit. Deputy Pickett was shot in the head as he rounded the corner of a building. The subject was shot and wounded by another officer but was able to return to the vehicle and flee again. He was taken into custody following another vehicle pursuit that ended on I-65.
Deputy Pickett was transported to Witham Hospital before being flown to St. Vincent Hospital, in Indianapolis, where he succumbed to his injuries. He was kept on life support until the evening of March 4th, 2018, so that his organs could be donated.
Deputy Pickett had served with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He had previously served with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office for two years and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Michael T. Nielsen
Boone County Sheriff’s Office
1905 Indianapolis Avenue
Lebanon, IN 46052
Phone: (460) 527-6548