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Carthage deputy marshal arrested

Courier-Times Staff Report

RUSH COUNTY — The Rush County Prosecutor has filed four felony charges against a Carthage Deputy Town Marshal who allegedly fired his handgun after interrupting a burglary in April.

On April 8, around 11:30 p.m., off-duty Carthage Deputy Town Marshal  Jonathan R. Hancock, 38, interrupted a reported burglary in progress at a local business in Carthage.

Hancock, who lives near the business, confronted three suspects as they were coming out after breaking in, identifying himself as a police officer.

According to Indiana State Police, the suspects began to flee on foot during which time Hancock gave chase and allegedly fired shots. None of the suspects were struck.

One juvenile suspect was caught and taken into custody, but the other two suspects fled and are still at large. The Rush County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the burglary investigation.

Rush County Prosecutor’s Office requested the Indiana State Police to conduct an investigation into the shots fired.

ISP Detective Sergeant Scott Jarvis completed the investigation of the shots fired incident and turned it over to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Officer for their review.

After their review, a warrant was issued for Hancock on four Level 6 felony charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, impersonation of a public servant, official misconduct of a public servant and pointing a firearm at another.

The Impersonation of an Officer charge stems from Hancock not completing his yearly Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) required training in 2018, to remain certified as a police officer in Indiana.

Hancock turned himself in Friday at the Rush County Jail and later bonded out. This is all the information available for release, and any further questions should be referred to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office, 765-932-2000.