Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect.
Officers with the Lebanon Police Department were attempting to serve a warrant on a female subject on Yates Street. While there, a 28-year-old male known to police was seen in the area who had active warrants for auto theft and possession of a syringe.
When ordered to stop, he got into a vehicle with two other male subjects and fled the scene, during which time Deputy Pickett joined the pursuit. Over a mile away, the other two subjects exited the car and during a foot pursuit on Indian Springs Road, shots were fired and Deputy Pickett was struck in the head as he cornered a building.
Deputy Pickett was taken to Witham Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to St. Vincent Indianapolis where he died and became an organ donor to give the gift of life.
The subject who was initially ordered to stop fled again in the vehicle and was taken into custody after a second pursuit. He has been charged with resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal recklessness. His 55-year-old father was also apprehended later and unrelated charges have been filed against him.
The 21-year-old shooter, who was shot and wounded, also had outstanding warrants. He has been charged with murder, carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement as well as possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. He is awaiting trial where the death penalty is being sought in the case.
Deputy Sheriff Pickett had previously served as a jailer with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for three years and as a deputy with the Tipton County Sheriff's Department for over 1½ years. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Lincoln David and Wade Matthew; parents, Marlin and Rebecca Pickett; sister, Kristi Woo; parents-in-law, Jon and Carol Lindstrom; brothers-in-law, Christopher and Jeremy Lindstrom; and canine partner, Brik.
This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.
• Deputy Sheriff Pickett is the second of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2018.
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