Jackson County Deputy leaves hospital after being shot - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jackson County Deputy leaves hospital after being shot

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JACKSON CO., Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana Sheriff's deputy who was ambushed and shot twice has been released from the hospital.

It happened on a bridge, just outside of town. A witness says officer Rick Meyer had one of the suspects on the ground and in handcuffs when all of a sudden another man came from under the bridge and started firing at him.

"You could just hear, 'Pow! Pow! Pow'!" said Jay Newberry, who witnessed the shooting.

Newberry saw the whole thing and said he couldn't believe his eyes.

"I turned around and I told my wife to call 911," he said.

From a window inside his home on State Road 39, Newberry and his family watched as Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Meyer was ambushed on a bridge.

"My wife and two kids were right there, you know, they heard the shots," Newberry said. "They were screaming."

Meyer was responding to a call about a suspicious person in the area.

"We had a neighbor [who] had seen somebody with gas cans and plastic bags," said Jackson County Sheriff Mark Carothers. "They didn't know if they were like possibly a meth lab in there or area or if they were stealing gas."

Sheriff Carothers says Alexandrew Mullikin was the first suspect Meyer questioned.

"He wasn't really getting a clear story," said Carothers. "The gentleman was contradicting what he was saying. He would say one thing and then say something else and officer Meyer was getting ready to handcuff him."

That's when police say the gunfire started.

"About that time, the other individual hid underneath the bridge and came out and opened fire on officer Meyer," Carothers said.

Police say 18-year-old Isiah Roger was the shooter.

"I just seen him turn around and start running and I figured, 'Oh my...he's hit," said Newberry.

Meanwhile, despite the gunfire, Newberry headed to the scene.

"My thought was, I've got to get down there and check on Rick," he said. "And she's like no, no!"

Meyer was released from the hospital on Thursday night. He is also is anxious to get to the department.

"He wants to talk to the detectives and make sure that we get his part of it so we know exactly where he was standing and how the rounds came in," Carothers said.

Right now, Mullikin is being held at the Jackson County Jail and Roger will be brought there as soon as he is released from the hospital.

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