"I Shot a Cop": Prosecutor "Leaning Toward" the Death Penalty in Officer Shooting
LEBANON, Ind.--The man who police believe shot and killed Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett, Friday, told investigators, "I shot a cop," when he was being questioned after his arrest. He told them it was "cause they were going to take me to jail," said court documents released Tuesday.
"Baumgardt did give a statement to police. In that statement he talks about the deliberate act of shooting at the police officer," said Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer.
The charges against Anthony Baumgardt, 21, of Lebanon, are murder, possession of methamphetamine (2 counts), carrying a handgun with a prior conviction, carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana (2 counts).
Meyer described the chase in which Baumgardt and John Baldwin, Jr., who also faces several charges, fled in a car and then on foot from deputies. Pickett chased the men, as did his K-9 partner, and was shot by Baumgardt, who Meyer said did it deliberately.
That is one of the factors Meyer said he would consider as part of his decision on whether to seek the death penalty.
"In Indiana the law allows the state to seek the death penalty for any person who is accused of murdering a police officer, while acting in the line of duty," said Meyer. "Based on the evidence as has been presented to me so far, and what I know about this case, I'm not making a decision right now. But, yes, I am leaning in that direction."
Meyer said his office is also waiting on toxicology tests to see if the men were on drugs when the shooting happened.