Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Deputy Jason Baker was shot and killed following a high-speed pursuit after making a traffic stop at 52nd Street and Keystone Avenue.
While en route to a disturbance, Deputy Baker attempted to investigate a suspicious vehicle with four male subjects who fled the stop. During the pursuit, an occupant opened fire with an assault rifle, causing severe damage to his patrol car's windshield.
As they turned a corner and stopped on a side street, the men waited inside their car. When officers turned from 32nd Street onto Brouse Avenue, the suspects opened fire, fatally striking Deputy Baker in the head before fleeing the scene.
Deputy Baker was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he died shortly after his arrival.
The suspect's vehicle crashed into the rear of a nearby home that led to an eight-hour standoff with officers before the 20-year-old driver was shot and killed.
A 19-year-old suspect was taken into custody three hours later. In a death penalty case, he pleaded guilty to killing Deputy Baker and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus two 50-year terms for the attempted murders of a Marion County deputy sheriff and a bystander.
A resident who allowed the suspect who killed Deputy Baker to hide overnight in his home was charged with assisting a criminal. The 24-year-old later pleaded guilty, was sentenced to two years in prison and two years probation, and discharged in 2004.
A 21-year-old male who provided two assault weapons to the suspects was sentenced to 40 years in prison and discharged in 2019. Charges against two other passengers in the suspect's vehicle were dismissed.
Deputy Baker began his career as a telecommunicator with the Marion County Sheriff's Department in 1995, then as a special deputy before serving as a deputy for over two years. He was posthumously awarded the agency's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart.
He was single and survived by his parents, brother and two sisters. His father currently serves as a lieutenant with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Police Department and was previously the chief of the Albion, Michigan, Police Department.
The responsibilities of the Marion County Sheriff's Department – Law Enforcement Division (1822–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.