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Officer shot in Jackson County

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A wounded Jackson County deputy shot the man suspected of jumping from under a bridge and opening fire on him Wednesday night near Tampico.

Officer Rick Meyer, 46, of Seymour, and an unnamed suspect both were flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with what Lt. Andy Wayman described as non-life-threatening wounds.


Meyer was shot twice while responding to a report of two suspicious people just south of Tampico on State Road 39, Wayman said. Meyer managed to return fire and shot the suspect in the left arm, Wayman said.

Meyer, a seven-year veteran with the sheriff’s department, was wearing a bulletproof vest but both shots from the suspect’s weapon hit him in the shoulder above the vest, Wayman said.

Meyer and the suspect were treated by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being flown by air ambulance to Methodist.

Wayman said Meyer was alert and talking at the scene of the shooting.

A state trooper flew with the wounded suspect to Indianapolis and the sheriff’s department was sending a jailer to guard him, Wayman said.

The incident that led to the shootout began about 7:15 p.m. when Meyer responded to the report of suspicious people, Wayman said.

As Meyer talked with one of the men, the second ran beneath the bridge, Wayman said.

“He (Meyer) called for backup,” Wayman said. The man who had run under the bridge then emerged and opened fire on Meyer, Wayman added.

“He (Meyer) announced ‘shots fired’ on the radio at 7:24 p.m.,” Wayman said.

County Officer Jeff Walters arrived on the scene soon afterward and arrested the suspect involved in the shooting, Wayman said.

The other man, whose name was not available, was taken into custody without incident on a Jennings County warrant and was taken to the jail in Brownstown, Wayman said.

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