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Judge Sets Paul Wiltshire's Bond at $1M Cash

A 70-year-old New Harmony man made his first court appearance on Thursday after authorities say he shot a Posey County Sheriff's Deputy over the weekend. The judge set his bond at $1M in cash.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 8:05 AM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 9:20 PM

The Indiana State Police says 70-year-old Paul Wiltshire of New Harmony, Indiana was arrested for Attempted Murder on Wednesday afternoon in the shooting of a Posey County Sheriff's Office Deputy.

The shooting incident happened on Saturday during a welfare check at Wiltshire's home, according to authorities. A probable cause affidavit says PCSO Deputies went to Wiltshire's home after dispatch received a 911 call saying Wiltshire was threatening to kill his wife.

Photo: Paul Wiltshire arrives at the Posey County Circuit Court on Thursday after being accused of shooting Deputy Bryan Hicks

The affidavit states that Posey County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Hicks was among three other deputies who arrived at Wiltshire's home on Saturday to perform the welfare check.

After arriving at the home, one of the deputies said they saw Wiltshire standing in an enclosed front porch area holding what appeared to be a silver metallic handgun in his hand. The affidavit says that Wiltshire turned and pointed the gun at the deputy and that gunfire was exchanged. 

Authorities say that Deputy Hicks was shot in the head during the exchange of fire. As of the last update from ISP, Deputy Hicks remains in the hospital.

Original Story: Posey County Deputy Remains in Critical Condition After Being Shot in the Head

Police say Wiltshire was also hit by gunfire and treated at the hospital. He was booked into the Posey County Jail for Attempted Murder after being released from the hospital on Wednesday, ISP said.

Wiltshire made his first appearance in the Posey County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon, where his bond was set at $1 million cash-only by Circuit Court judge Craige Goedde. His next hearing is now scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

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