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Man Carrying Toddler On Highway Shoots Indiana Deputy Who Stopped To Help Him, Police Say

Brookville, IN – A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was shot early Friday morning while stopping to check on a man who was walking down the highway with a young child in the middle of the night, according to investigators.

The incident occurred near US-52 and IN-1 at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, Indiana State Police (ISP) Sergeant Stephen Wheeles told WXIX.

A Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputy responded to the area after receiving a report that a man was walking along the highway carrying a “very small child” believed to be less than two years old, Sgt. Wheeles said.

The deputy made contact with the man and they spoke briefly before the man suddenly pulled out a gun and shot the deputy, according to investigators.

The deputy returned fire, hitting the suspect, WXIX reported.

The unidentified suspect was transported to UC Medical Center in “grave condition,” according to WCPO.

The toddler he was carrying was transported to the hospital with injuries caused by exposure to the cold weather, according to investigators.

The child was not injured by the exchange of gunfire.

Police said the deputy’s ballistic vest protected him from the bullet fired by the suspect and left him with non-life threatening injuries, WXIX reported.

Shortly after the shooting, FCSO deputies were notified about another incident on Colonial Heights Road, according to WLWT.

They responded to the scene to find a woman who had been shot.

Police said she was rushed to a local hospital and was also listed in “grave condition,” WCPO reported.

Investigators said they believe the two incidents are connected, but they did not provide any further details, according to WLWT.

The woman’s identity was not immediately released.

The investigation into both shootings remain ongoing.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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