The Latest: Holcomb: Deputy’s killing shows ‘evil exists’

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb told mourners at the funeral for a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot last week that his “heart broke” when he learned about the officer’s shooting.

Holcomb said Friday that Boone County sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett’s killing is a reminder “that evil exists in this world, lurking in dark corners.”

But Holcomb told about 1,500 people, including hundreds of police officers, who gathered at a suburban Indianapolis church for Pickett’s funeral that all Hoosiers are grateful for officers like Pickett who “work every day” to ensure most people never encounter that evil.
The 34-year-old Pickett was a married father of two. He was fatally shot March 2 during a foot chase for fleeing suspects in Lebanon. He died Monday after being kept on life support for organ donation.

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