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Posey County F.O.P. Collecting Donations for Deputy Hicks

41-year-old Deputy Bryan Hicks with the Posey County Sheriff’s Office is in stable condition and is recovering after being shot in the head this weekend during a welfare call in New Harmony.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 5:01 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 8:06 PM

Posey County Deputy Bryan Hicks was critically shot while responding to a welfare call Saturday night in New Harmony.

The 41-year-old had to undergo surgery at Deaconess Midtown Hospital after that critical gunshot wound. While he is in stable condition, his recovery will be a long road.

Photo: Posey County Sheriff

The man accused of pulling that trigger is 70-year-old Paul Wiltshire, who was once a New Harmony Town Marshal.

As soon as fellow deputies heard there was an officer down, they sprang into action

"I felt like I needed to do something," said Sgt. Josh Brock with Posey County FOP Lodge 133. "So, I got my uniform on, took my kids to my parents house. And I just came out to cover calls until we learned exactly what was going to happen."

Wiltshire was also shot several times. He is facing several charges once he is released from the hospital.

The last time there was an officer involved shooting in Posey County was 1994.

"It's always in the back of our minds this could happen," Sgt. Brock said. "But it's not something we expect to deal with."

To help support Hicks and his family during this difficult time, Posey County F.O.P. Lodge 133 is collecting donations for them.

"He's going to be off work for a while," Sgt. Brock said. "His wife, I can't imagine she's going back to work anytime soon. So this will be something to help them, even if it's just to pay bills, keep the lights on, whatever. But 100 percent of the money is going to Deputy Hicks and his family."

The tri-state has showed an outpouring of love for the Posey County Sheriff's Office, changing their profile pictures to a thin blue line on Facebook and Twitter.

Leroy's Tavern is even hosting a benefit concert for Deputy Hicks from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

"Mount Vernon, Posey County, New Harmony, all these towns are very supportive of us," Sgt. Brock said. "In a tragic event like this, it's nice to be reminded they do have our backs."

There's a few ways to donate to Deputy Hicks and his family. 

The first way is to write a check to: Posey County F.O.P Lodge 133 P.O. BOX 611, Mount Vernon, Indiana 47620.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Evansville Teachers Credit Union.

Or you can Venmo the F.O.P. @POCOFOP.

All the money goes to the Hicks family.

Wiltshire is also being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

This investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Indiana State Police.

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