Deputy Jacob Pickett's K-9 partner Brik to remain with Pickett's family from now on

No more public appearances for Brik either
Posted at 8:42 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 21:11:20-04

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- The last time we saw Brik, Deputy Jacob Pickett's K-9 partner, he was at court for the first appearance of Pickett's accused killer.

In a letter to Boone County Sheriff's Office staff this week, Sheriff Mike Nielsen said Brik will not be making any future public appearances.

Nielsen also addressed the process of retiring Brik from duty.

He said that Brik has been away at transition training the past couple of weeks and is doing well.

Sheriff Nielsen said he and Dep. Pickett's widow, Jen, agreed that it was important that Brik remain with her and the boys from this point forward.

"It is good for Jen and the boys and clearly the best thing for Brik to reduce his stress," said Sheriff Nielsen.

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An official retirement ceremony for Brik will be held in next several months but Sheriff Nielsen said "now is not the right time."

Dep. Jacob Pickett was shot and killed on March 2 during a foot pursuit. Anthony Baumgardt, 21,is facing the death penalty in connection with Pickett's death.

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