Several dozen police officers saluted the flag-draped body of a slain central Indiana sheriff’s deputy as it was taken from a hospital Monday three days after he was shot during a chase.
Scores of police vehicles and motorcycles escorted the hearse carrying Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett’s body for several miles from St. Vincent Hospital on the north side of Indianapolis to the Marion County coroner’s office in the downtown area.
Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen announced early Monday that the 34-year-old married father of two young children had died. The K-9 officer was shot in the head Friday while chasing fleeing suspects in Lebanon, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis, and he was kept alive so his organs could be donated.
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“He continues to give life even after death and that is so amazing to me,” Nielsen said. “That