Sheriff Mike Nielson, of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana, sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett.

Deputy Pickett, 34, was shot and critically wounded while he was assisting the Lebanon Police Department in the apprehension of a wanted person.

Officers from the Lebanon Police Department went to an address in the city to serve an arrest warrant on a female suspect. Officers determined that the female wasn’t at the residence. However, they recognized a male that was also wanted on a warrant. In attempting to take this subject into custody, he got into a vehicle with two other persons and fled the scene.

A vehicle pursuit followed through town and at one point, two persons fled the vehicle. This is when Pickett became involved in the pursuit and attempted to apprehend the suspects. The deputy chased one of the suspects on foot.

After rounding a corner, the suspect stopped, retrieved a firearm and waited for Pickett to round the corner.

The suspect opened fire after lying in wait for Pickett, who was struck in the head. Another officer following Pickett returned fire, wounding the suspect. As a result, he was taken into custody at that time.

Critically wounded, Pickett was transported by ambulance to Witham Hospital. He was later flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital via medical helicopter.

Medical personnel determined that Pickett’s injuries were inconsistent with life and he would not survive. He remained in the intensive care unit on life support so that his organs could be donated to provide life to other individuals.

Following Pickett’s wishes for organ donation for transplant purposes, he was removed from life support and passed away.

In life, Pickett gave everything, his best efforts, to protect the citizens of his community. Moreover, in death, he gave of himself, his last act of service, and the gift of life for the few citizens who needed him most.

“Jake is with his Savior,” Sheriff Nielsen said on Facebook early Monday. “You will be missed by so many but will live through us all. Carry on Deputy Pickett, we will take it from here.”

Jacob Pickett served the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for three years. He was the Officer in Charge of the department’s Canine Program and had his K9 partner, “Brick” with him on patrol.

Pickett started his law enforcement career in 2010 as a corrections officer at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and served there for three years. He later served at the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department for two years prior to joining Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

His wife and two sons, ages three and four-years-of-age survive him.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Pickett is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Jacob Pickett

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)