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70-year-old faces attempted murder charge in shooting of sheriff’s deputy

NEW HARMONY, Ind. (WISH) — A 70-year-old man was arrested on a preliminary charge of attempted murder Wednesday in connection to Saturday’s shooting of a Posey County sheriff’s deputy, Indiana State Police said in a news release issued Wednesday.

Paul Wiltshire, of New Harmony, was arrested after being released Wednesday afternoon from the Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville. He was being held in the Warrick County Jail in Boonville without bond, the release said.

Charges of attempted murder, pointing a firearm at another, and two counts of intimidation were filed Friday. He will be formally charged in Posey Circuit Court on Monday, court records showed Friday.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, Posey County law enforcement went to check on the welfare of a person at a home in the 610 block of Short Street in New Harmony. While police were outside the home, Wiltshire began firing at officers, who returned fire.

Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Hicks, 41, was critically injured in the gunfire. Wiltshire was taken to a hospital for the treatment of gunshot wounds.

State police, who have not yet concluded their investigation, did not provide an update on Hicks’ condition in Wednesday’s news release.

An undated photo of Deputy Bryan Hicks. (Photo Provided/Posey County Sheriff’s Dept./Facebook)

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