Local trooper proves best shot

A state trooper who lives in Bartholomew County earned the “Top Gun” award for finishing in first place recently at the annual Indiana State Police Pistol Match.

Trooper Brent Lykins, a 10-year veteran who works out of the Versailles Post and patrols Bartholomew and Jackson counties, also won the “Top Gun” award in 2011.

The pistol match was conducted at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. Each of the 14 Indiana State Police posts send a team of four troopers to compete in the match. The Capitol Police Section also sends a team of four officers to compete.

The competition consists of one-hand, precision-timed shooting on a bull’s-eye target from 25 yards. All competitors shot 30 rounds twice before the scores were finalized.

The top 20 finishers are issued “Top 20” uniform pins while the “Top Gun” award winner’s name is inscribed in a plaque at the Indiana State Police General Headquarters. The Pendleton District took the team title.