Posey County Sheriff’s Dept. deputy shot responding to a welfare check

POSEY CO. – The Indiana State Police is currently investigating the shooting of a Posey County Sheriff’s Department deputy in New Harmony.

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.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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.