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Police say man admitted to shooting deputy

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Court documents say a man admitted to detectives that he shot a central Indiana sheriff’s deputy because he believed officers were going to take him to jail.

The comment allegedly made by against 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt of Lebanon is included as part of the murder charge filed against him Tuesday for last week’s fatal shooting of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett.

Court records say he and two other men were in a stolen car when they fled from police in Lebanon and that Baumgardt faced a Marion County arrest warrant for a felony theft charge.

Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer says he’s leaning toward seeking the death penalty against Baumgardt, but hasn’t made a final decision.

Court and jail records don’t list an attorney for Baumgardt, whose initial court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Online court records show that on Tuesday Meyer also filed charges of possession of an illegal handgun, methamphetamine and marijuana against Baumgardt. Authorities say he shot Pickett in the head on Friday while the deputy was helping chase Baumgardt and two other men in Lebanon, which is where Baumgardt is from.

Baumgardt has been jailed since Saturday after he was released from a hospital where he was treated from being wounded when other officers returned fire. Court and jail records don’t list an attorney for Baumgardt.

The funeral for Pickett is set for Friday in Lebanon.

According to Clinton County Commissioner President Josh Uitts, Clinton County officers have requested time off Friday to assist with enforcement in Boone County so that officers there can attend the funeral of their fellow officer.

Uitts also requested that flags on county buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday in memory of Pickett.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says services for 34-year-old Deputy Jacob Pickett will begin with visitation 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Pickett’s funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg.

This story includes reporting from the Associated Press.