Sheriff: Boone County deputy will not survive shooting; three people in custody

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen announces that Deputy Jacob Pickett will not survive being shot. (WISH Photo)

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A deputy with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office has been shot and is not going to survive the shooting.

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett was shot during a pursuit on March 2, 2018, and would not survive his injuries. (Provided Photo/Boone County Sheriff’s Office)

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen says Deputy Jacob Pickett will not survive the shooting and that his organs are being donated. Nielsen made the announcement Friday afternoon.

“Today, the thin blue line was shattered,” Nielsen said. “Deputy Jacob Pickett, a 5-year-veteran of the Boone’s County Sheriff’s Department was shot.”

Pickett was first taken to Witham Hospital, then later transferred to St. Vincent Indianapolis by medical helicopter. He his survived by his mother and father, his wife Jen and their two sons.

“Jake continues to give life after death, by being an organ donor,” Nielsen said.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said Pickett was shot in the head.

Pickett, 34, was an officer in Tipton for two years and a Boone County deputy for three. He was a jailer in Marion County from 2010 to 2013. He was the K-9 team lead and worked with the criminal interdiction unit. He worked with K-9 Brick, a full utility dog that had been with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for more than two years.

Pickett is a Brownsburg native and graduated from Brownsburg High School in 2002.

The last person to die in the line of duty that worked in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office was Sheriff John Pepper in 1935. He died in a car crash on his way to a call.

Pickett also provided traffic and safety support for the northwest campus of Traders Point Christian Church. The church released this statement on 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.

What happened Friday morning

According to Indiana State Police, Lebanon police were serving a search warrant on Yates Street around 8:30 Friday morning on a female suspect. While there, officers spotted John Baldwin Jr. at 9:32 a.m., who was known to have an outstanding warrant for violation of probation for violation of a syringe. He was ordered to stop but he got into a silver Ford Focus and fled the scene with two other people.

That turned into a chase, at which point a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy joined. Around 9:39 a.m., the vehicle stopped on Indian Springs Road, where a foot chase took place. Shots were fired, striking the deputy and one suspect. Another suspect took off in a car and was taken into custody on I-65 near State Road 32.

The man that was shot was identified as 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt of Lebanon. He is listed in stable condition at St. Vincent. He has been identified as the man who shot Pickett.

A father and son duo, 55-year-old John Baldwin Sr. and 28-year-old John Baldwin Jr., were also taken into custody. Baldwin Jr. was located on I-65 after taking off in the Ford Focus. Baldwin Sr. was located after fleeing on foot.

John Baldwin Sr., John Baldwin Jr. and Anthony Baumgardt. (Provided Photos/Boone County Jail)

Baldwin Sr. is no stranger to Boone County law enforcement. He was charged with driving while suspended in June of 2001 and again in April of 2008. He was also charged with driving without a valid license in November 2014. He was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury in December 2003. Most recently, he faced two theft charges in July 2017.

According to online court records, Baumgardt was also wanted on a warrant out of Marion County.

A witness did say that two suspects were driving recklessly while being pursued by police.

Indiana State Police said the original warrant was for Hillary Williams, wanted for residential entry.

Lebanon Community School Corporation schools and support facilities were placed on lockdown and lockout.

All Boone County government offices are closed for the day.

Authorities speak on the investigation

Also on Friday afternoon, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter spoke.

“There’s no reason for people to live in fear,” Carter said. “We believe we have all three people involved in this and there is no reason to be concerned.”

Boone County deputies are currently grieving at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released this statement:

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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