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Posey County Deputy Remains in Critical Condition After Being Shot in the Head

Posey County Dispatch says a male deputy has been critically shot in New Harmony Saturday night.

Posted: Sep 18, 2021 7:33 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 1:29 PM

A male deputy with the Posey County Sheriff's Office was been critically shot in New Harmony on Saturday night.

The Indiana State Police has now identified that deputy as 41-year-old Bryan Hicks.

Posey County Dispatch says this happened on the 600 block of Short Street just before 7:00 p.m.

The Posey County Sheriff's Office had been conducting a welfare check at the home of 70-year-old Paul Wiltshire.

Within moments of arriving on the scene, Wiltshire started shooting at the officers.

Officers returned gunfire and Hicks was shot in the head and critically injured during the exchange.

The suspect was also shot multiple times.

Both Hicks and Wiltshire are being treated at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville.

Sgt. Ringle says the deputy is now fighting for his life and asks the community to pray for his recovery and for his family.

Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham says he is grateful for the many thoughts and prayers given for Deputy Hicks and his family as he continues to fight for his life.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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