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Built o​n the cornerstones of accountability, efficiency, professionalism, and therefore excellence, the Sheriff's Office consists of over 1,100 employees. These outstanding Civilians and Deputies serve public safety in the Jail Division, Communications Division, Civil Division, Administration Division, and Criminal Division. Since 1822, the Marion County Sheriff's Office has dedicated its personnel to better serve and protect the citizens of Marion County.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Marion County Jail Death in Custody

Jail inmate Mary Harris, 48 years of age, suffered a seizure this morning at the Marion County Jail. She received prompt emergency medical care by the Jail's medical staff, as well as Indianapolis EMS. Ms. Harris was subsequently transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:05 AM.

Ms. Harris was arrested on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 2:51 PM, in the 100 block of E. 30th Street. The arrest was for public intoxication and criminal trespass. 

The Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  In addition, the matter is under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Arrestee Pronounced Dead at A.P.C.

Kenneth W. Flannery, white male, 35 years of age,  was reported to be drunk and staggering in the 8100 block of Madison Ave.,  on Saturday evening, July 21, 2012.  IMPD was summoned at 7:35 p.m. and found Flannery at that location minutes later.  Flannery resisted arrest, an altercation ensued and he was subdued.  Flannery had a history of more than 20 arrests over the last 15 years for a variety of charges including glue sniffing, possession of controlled substances, battery, resisting law enforcement,  public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

IMPD arrested Flannery for Battery (D Felony), Resisting Law Enforcement (A Misdemeanor), and Public Intoxication (A Misdemeanor),  and he was placed in the Marion County Sheriff’s  transportation wagon.   Upon arriving at the Arrestee Processing Center, approximately 15 minutes later,  Flannery was found to be unconscious and not responsive.  A.P.C. medical personnel, Indianapolis EMS, and IFD promptly attempted to resuscitate Flannery,  but they were unsuccessful.

The decedent will be undergoing an autopsy at the Coroner’s  Office to determine the cause of death.  In addition to the Coroner’s  Office,  IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a tandem investigation into the facts and circumstances of Mr. Flannery’s demise.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fleeing Suspect Anton Butler Died From Sudden Cardiac Arrest Due To Acute Cocaine Intoxication

On May 1, 2012, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies observed a suspected drug transaction in the 3100 block of North Baltimore. Anton Butler, 28 years of age, who had numerous previous arrests and who was released from prison last October, was the drug dealing suspect. Unfortunately, Mr. Butler resisted the law enforcement officers and attempted to flee. In an attempt to subdue the suspect, multiple law enforcement officers were involved due to his size (6’3”, 240 pounds) and strength. In addition, it became necessary to utilize electrical stimulation devices to subdue Mr. Butler.  After being subdued, the suspect became unresponsive and emergency medical responders were summoned. A crowd of onlookers and stormy weather hampered the life-saving effort. Medical intervention continued for some time at Methodist Hospital.  Thereafter, Mr. Butler was pronounced dead.  The death Coroner’s report has now confirmed that the cause of death was “Sudden Cardiac Arrest due to Acute Cocaine Intoxication.”

“My sympathy continues to be extended to the family of Anton Butler, and all the families who lost loved ones to crime-related deaths this summer,” remarked Sheriff John Layton. “As a father and a grandfather, I know the value of our young people. Sadly, young Anton Butler died of cocaine use and his drug dealer has blood on his hands."

“Unfortunately, Indianapolis seems to be gripped by a senseless culture of drugs and violence.  Like all the law enforcement officials, Marion County Sheriff' Deputies are fighting to protect the public. Lawbreakers must be arrested, resistors must be subdued, justice must prevail, and the violence must end," concluded Sheriff Layton.

Suspect Arrested After Firing Gun While Being Chased By Deputies

On Friday, July 16, 2012, at 7:54 PM, Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a suspicious male looking into an apartment window at the Hart's Landing Apartment Complex on East 44th Street. Deputy Daniel Majors witnessed the suspect attempted to stuff a handgun into his waistband.  The suspect was later identified as Jeffrey T. Amey, 21, of Indianapolis. Amey fled on foot running through the apartment complex carrying the handgun and ran into an apartment. address. The resident was inside the apartment when Amey entered.

While inside the apartment, Amey fired several shots. Several of the bullets fired by Amey nearly missed Deputy Majors. After shooting, Amey left the apartment and continued to flee. Deputy Jason Stump was able to apprehend Amey as he dropped his handgun he was carrying. Deputy Sheriffs then arrested Amey without incident.

After Jeffrey T. Amey was arrested, Deputies recovered suspected marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy from his pants pockets. Amey was transported to the Sheriff's Arrestee Processing Center for formal charging. Officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to assist the Sheriff Deputies with their investigation. Amey was arrested and charged for several violations:  possession of cocaine, pointing a firearm, resisting law enforcement, and possession of marijuana/hash/synthetic cannabinoid (all D Felonies); criminal recklessness (C Felony); and carrying a handgun without a license (A Misdemeanor).

Wishard Hospital Inmate Escaped, Captured, and Will Be Charged

Sara Lindsey Ipock, who was being held on a failure to appear in Kentucky on a burglary charge, escaped from Wishard Memorial Hospital at 22:51 hours last evening.

Ipock had been transported to Wishard for medical care and escaped from restraint devices in her hospital room. As a result of a determined search by Marion County Sheriff Deputies, Ipock was captured within three hours. She was arrested at a residence in the 5400 block of West Washington St. During the course of the capture, Ipock received a K9 bite. Deputies made a total of six arrests, including two people at the residence wanted on outstanding traffic warrants, as well as three individuals arrested for Assisting a Criminal.  Those individuals were Charles Baker, Christopher Knight, and Zachary White.  Ipock was arrested for Escape and Resisting Law Enforcement.

The cases are being presented today to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charging.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

MCSO Civil Warrant Teams assist ICE in 3-Day Operation

ICE arrests 24 during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in Indianapolis area

INDIANAPOLIS — As part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, 24 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators were arrested during a three-day operation in the Indianapolis area.
This operation concluded Monday and was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations teams in Indianapolis.
Of the 24 arrested, 17 had prior convictions for crimes such as: drug possession, resisting arrest, drunken driving, illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation, and criminal trespass. Three of the 24 were immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart.  Another three had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony. 
Following is the nationality breakdown of the 23 men and one woman arrested: Mexico (17), Guatemala (3), El Salvador (2), Honduras (1), and Venezuela (1). The majority of the arrests occurred in Indianapolis, with some arrests made in Franklin and Plainfield.
Following are summaries of two individuals arrested during this operation:
  • A 23-year-old Mexican national previously convicted of drug possession and sentenced to 180 days. He was arrested July 15 at his Indianapolis residence and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 33-year-old Guatemalan national previously convicted of resisting a law enforcement officer and sentenced to a year in prison. He was arrested July 16 at his residence in Indianapolis. He remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
“ERO is committed to making our communities safer by arresting and removing convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives,” said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ICE ERO in Chicago. “By targeting our efforts on these egregious offenders, we are improving public safety while making the best use of our resources.”
These arrests were coordinated with ICE's National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP), which is responsible for investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives – aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by the nation's immigration courts. ICE's Fugitive Operations Teams give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety, including members of transnational street gangs and child sex offenders.
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