Suspected shooter says he has ‘no remorse’ for killing Indiana deputy

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- A 21-year-old man accused of fatally shooting an Indiana sheriff's deputy spoke out as he walked into the courthouse for his initial hearing Wednesday afternoon, according to WXIN.

Anthony Baumgardt, 21, faces murder, drug and gun charges after police say he shot Boone County sheriff's deputy Jackob Pickett last week.

Investigators were chasing Baumgardt and two other men after they fled the site of an unrelated attempted arrest on Friday.

Prosecutor Todd Meyer said Baumgardt jumped from a fleeing car and ran around the corner of an apartment building in Lebanon with Pickett and his K-9 partner Brik in pursuit.

Pickett was shot once in the head. Officers returned fire, wounding Baumgardt before taking him into custody.

According to court documents, Baumgardt told police, “I shot a cop.” When asked why he did it he answered, “Cause they were going to take me to jail.”

While officers walked Baumgardt into the courthouse ahead of his initial hearing, he was asked if he was sorry for killing Pickett.

Baumgardt said "nope," and he  repeated multiple times he has "no remorse."

He was also asked why he shot Pickett.

"I didn't want to get bit by a dog," he said.

"That’s deputy Pickett’s dog. That’s Brik," Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said.

"Well I didn’t want to get bit by Brik," Baumgardt said.

During the hearing, Baumgardt asked the judge, "Will they be seeking the death penalty?" He then asked, "If I plead guilty can I seek out the death penalty on my own?"

After the court hearing, Nielsen said it "hurt deep inside" when Baumgardt said he had no remorse.

"But we move on." Nielsen later said. “I will not step down to his level. I did not cry in there because he will not get to me. But what I will tell you is I will be at every hearing and every trial, and so will his K-9 partner Brik.”

Meyer said he’s leaning toward pursuing the death penalty in the case.

The suspect's father, Robert Baumgardt Jr., issued a statement after the court hearing, saying his family wants justice as much as the public.

“After Anthony’s words today, I am speechless," he said. "Let’s give respect to the hero and the officers in blue, not giving Anthony the spotlight.

"Please let everyone know we want justice as much as they do.  Swift Justice.  My prayers for the family, Brik and the brothers in blue continue.”

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