Posey County shooting suspect arrested for the attempted murder of Deputy Hicks

POSEY CO. – At approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 70-year-old Paul Wiltshire, of New Harmony, was released from Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville and arrested for the attempted murder of Posey County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Hicks. 

Paul Whiltshire

Troopers transported Wiltshire to the Posey County Jail where he was booked for attempted murder, a Level 1 felony. After the book-in process was completed, Wiltshire was transported to the Warrick County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.

The investigation is continuing.

The incident occurred Saturday, September 18, at approximately 6:46 p.m. when Posey County 911 Dispatch received a call requesting a welfare check at 612 Short Street in New Harmony.

Officers arrived at the Short Street residence within 10 minutes. While deputies and the New Harmony Town Marshal were still outside the residence, the male homeowner fired a weapon toward the officers.

The officers returned gunfire. During the exchange of gunfire, a Posey County Sheriff’s deputy was critically injured. Deputy Bryan Hicks, 41 suffered a single gunshot wound to his head. Hicks was transported to Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville for treatment.

The male inside the residence 70-year-old Paul D. Wiltshire was also struck. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was also transported to Deaconess Midtown for treatment.

Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham would like to extend his gratitude for the countless thoughts and prayers for Deputy Hicks and his family. The Posey County Sheriff’s Office is asking for continued prayers for Deputy Hicks, his family, and the sheriff’s office.

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