INDIANAPOLIS -- The loss of a law enforcement officer strikes at the heart of all in the law enforcement community. Condolences for the family of Dep. Jacob Pickett and the Boone County Sheriff's Office are pouring in from around the state and the country.
Dep. Pickett was fatally wounded by a suspect following a chase in Lebanon on Friday morning.
Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement about the tragedy:
"Janet and I are stunned and heartbroken over the tragic events in Boone County today involving Sheriff Deputy Jacob Pickett. Words cannot convey the sorrow we feel for his wife and young children as well as the entire Boone County Sheriff's Office. I ask Hoosiers around the state to join me in honoring his service and dedication."
Heartbreaking to hear the sad news about @boonecosheriff Deputy Jacob Pickett today. He gave his life protecting us. I’m thinking of his family, friends, fellow deputies, and the entire Boone County community. - Joe
We want to wish our neighbors of the @boonecosheriff the strength it takes to carry out the mission as they mourn the loss of an officer that was shot and killed today. RIP Deputy Jacob Pickett, true hero. pic.twitter.com/1xEs2fFmVb
All of us at HCSO mourn the loss of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett as Sheriff Neilsen announced he will not survive being shot this morning. We'll take it from here, brother. Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/u1dgExAU7j
Deputy Jacob Pickett made the ultimate sacrifice this morning. LCSO is sending our prayers to the entire @boonecosheriff and the family/friends of Deputy Pickett. Deputy Pickett, we would like to say, Thank you for your service. May you RIP. #Neverforgetpic.twitter.com/XRYPmgRP20