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Report: Sheriff’s deputy ambushed and shot in the head by former town marshal during welfare check

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NEW HARMONY, IN- According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), a Posey County sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a welfare check on the evening of September 18th. The deputy has been identified as 41-year-old Bryan Hicks.

Please join me in praying for a quick recovery for Deputy Bryan Hicks from Posey County Sheriff’s office who suffered a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday while responding to a call. https://t.co/CLUaR6fMI3

— Todd Rokita (@AGToddRokita) September 20, 2021

In a press release, ISP Evansville District Sergeant Todd Ringle stated that the incident began around 6:46 p.m. when the Posey County 911 dispatch center received a call for a welfare check at 612 Short Street.

Within 10 minutes deputies and the New Harmony town marshal responded to the scene.

While outside the home, a man opened fire on them and law enforcement officers returned fire, wounding the suspect.

Hicks was shot in the head. The suspect has since been identified as 70-year-old Paul D. Wiltshire. Sheriff Tom Latham confirmed that Wiltshire was a former town marshal and reserve deputy. Sgt. Ringle stated that:

“During the exchange of gunfire, a Posey County sheriff’s deputy was shot and critically injured.”

Posey: ISP is at 612 Short St. in New Harmony investigating the shooting of a Posey Co. Deputy. The deputy is being treated at Deaconess Midtown for his injury.

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