Madison County, IN – Madison County Corrections Officer Uriah Wilson, 29, was strangled to death on Thursday night, Dec. 7. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of State Road 38. Police responded to a 911 call after a man later identified as CO Wilson was found murdered outside a home.
The Indiana State Police (ISP), who were called to the scene at 1:30 a.m., are conducting the investigation, according to WXIN.
CO Wilson and another man, later identified as Joseph M. Hartley, 29, were sitting outside near a bonfire when they were involved in an altercation that resulted in gunfire, according to the ISP. The Herald Bulletin reported that both men were friends.
During the altercation, Hartley allegedly strangled Wilson to death with a belt, according to The Herald Bulletin.
When police arrived, Hartley was taken into custody on a preliminary charge of murder and is being held at the Hamilton County Jail in connection with the incident.
Police said that Hartley was from the Pendleton area, but now lives in Germany. He was in town to visit relatives.
Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger said that CO Wilson was a five-year veteran of the agency, and he most recently served as a supervisor.
In a statement, Sheriff Mellinger said “Our prayers are with his family and with his co-workers here during this difficult time.”
He said that he would not comment on other details of the investigation “due to the fact that ISP will be conducting the investigation to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.”
CO Wilson is survived by his mother and father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Corrections Officer Uriah Wilson, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.