STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Suspected shooter of Boone County deputy out of hospital, behind bars

Anthony Baumgardt, the man police say shot and mortally wounded Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett, was transferred from St. Vincent Hospital to Boone County Jail on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: Mar 3, 2018 8:17 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2018 9:37 PM

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) — Anthony Baumgardt, the man police say shot and mortally wounded Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett, was transferred from St. Vincent Hospital to Boone County Jail on Saturday afternoon.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen personally arrested Baumgardt and booked him into jail, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect will be moved from Boone County Jail to another county’s facility, Conley said.

Online records show preliminary charges against Baumgardt include murder, resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.

John Baldwin Jr. was also listed as held in the Boone County Jail with a note to “Hold to Other Co(unty).” Baldwin Jr. was ordered to stop and comply with authorities on Friday morning in Lebanon but instead got into a car and drove away with his father, 55-year-old John Baldwin Sr., and 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt.

That turned into a police pursuit, which Pickett joined to assist Lebanon police. After Baldwin Sr. and Baumgardt bailed from the car and ran, Pickett continued the pursuit on foot and ran after Baumgardt.

While chasing him, Pickett rounded a corner. That’s when state police say Baumgardt shot Pickett in the head.

On Friday night, Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen announced that Pickett would not survive his injuries and that his organs would be donated.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Saturday night regarding Baumgardt’s arrest and the status of Pickett, who remained at St. Vincent as the organ donation process continued:

Currently the medical staff at St. Vincent Hospital is sustaining his body functions so that Jake can continue to give life to others even after his death. This process takes time, and we pray for peace for Jake and his family.

Sheriff Nielsen met with Jen, Jacob’s wife, and the FOP Memorial Team to talk about arrangements for the service and burial. We are currently in the process of working side by side with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Team and many others to make sure that Jake is honored and recognized for the hero and warrior that he is. This process also takes time. As soon the details are arranged we will immediately notify everyone.

Today, Sheriff Nielsen also personally arrested and booked in Anthony Louis Baumgardt, DOB 10/17/1996 from Lebanon, Indiana for the following charges. Murder, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana, 2 counts of Possession of Methamphetamine and Carrying a handgun without a license.”

Sheriff Mike Nielsen released a statement explaining the work he’s done over the last two days to plan for honoring Pickett and to arrange for officer wellness meetings, as well as caring for staff and Pickett’s wife and family. Nielsen said he would be releasing an open letter to staff and citizens on Saturday night with more information.

"Please accept my apologies for not being more prompt on my media releases and social media posts. I hope everyone can understand that my priority is taking care of my staff, Jake’s family, and Brik who have witnessed or been part of the tragic events that unfolded the morning of March 2nd. Today we started pre-planning for Jake’s final arrangements, crisis intervention teams, and continual officer wellness meetings. I also created today a core team of command staff and others to assist me in planning the events for the next several days. Tonight, I will release to the public an open letter to my staff and to the citizens of this county addressing the last two days. We will begin to post media releases and social media posts daily from this point forward. I personally wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming support that you have shown for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and for Jake. I also want to thank my fellow brothers and sisters in public safety that have come forward to assist us in our day to day operations so that we can still maintain civility in the county. Please continue to pray for strength and guidance as we face a very hard week ahead.”

West Lafayette
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 83°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 81°
Delphi
78° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Monticello
78° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 80°
Warm Day, Record Warm Night, Then Showers & Storms Friday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 152396

Reported Deaths: 4023
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion24905785
Lake13380352
St. Joseph8985161
Elkhart8530132
Allen7978222
Hamilton6000113
Vanderburgh567560
Tippecanoe358714
Monroe322238
Hendricks3221130
Johnson3051128
Porter303648
Clark289161
Delaware284574
Vigo256038
Madison232493
Cass222822
LaPorte220958
Warrick190065
Kosciusko179224
Floyd177367
Howard160066
Bartholomew139758
Dubois136726
Marshall134226
Henry123429
Grant122639
Wayne122127
Boone119548
Hancock115645
Noble114633
Jackson109413
Morgan93040
Dearborn92828
Daviess85333
Gibson84911
Clinton82916
Lawrence82634
Shelby80330
LaGrange77715
Harrison74824
Knox72110
Putnam71616
DeKalb69911
Posey6896
Fayette61417
Steuben6118
Miami5875
Montgomery57822
Jasper5744
White57215
Greene52137
Scott51013
Decatur49939
Adams4815
Whitley4426
Clay4396
Sullivan42913
Ripley4278
Wells4205
Wabash4029
Starke3977
Orange38825
Huntington3805
Spencer3746
Franklin36625
Washington3632
Jennings36013
Fulton3472
Randolph3439
Jefferson3305
Pike32915
Carroll31713
Perry29714
Jay2946
Fountain2883
Tipton27023
Vermillion2251
Newton22211
Parke2223
Rush2084
Owen2031
Blackford1983
Martin1960
Crawford1531
Pulaski1481
Brown1303
Ohio1247
Benton1080
Union1060
Switzerland900
Warren761
Unassigned0233

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events