The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Breaking News

January 23, 2013

Fortville officer wounded last year returns to duty

FORTVILLE, Ind. — A central Indiana police officer wounded by a gunman during a traffic stop said he never doubted he would resume patrolling the streets of a small Hancock County town.

Fortville officer Matt Fox, 30, returned to duty Tuesday with his police dog, Lannie, after three surgeries, months of rehabilitation and counseling.

On July 27, Fox pulled over a car for a missing tail light when the driver ambushed him and shot him as he sat in his patrol car. A bullet shattered Fox’s wrist and ricocheted, hitting him in the forehead. Another bullet hit him in the chest, but was absorbed by his bulletproof vest.

The gunman, 27-year-old James Lockhart III of Indianapolis, died in a shootout with other officers.

Fox said he has watched the police car video of the shooting many times and thinks about it often.

“There’s never a day that doesn’t go by or an hour that doesn’t go by that you have flashbacks,” he told WTHR-TV.

Fox said he was aware that he could be shot in the line of duty, but was more than ready to return to work after three months on desk duty.

“I had said from day one, ‘I want to be back in less than six months,’” he said.

Fortville Town Marshal Mark Lyons said Fox had told him he would be back on duty by the start of 2013. However, Fox had surgery late last year to reconstruct the pinky finger and needed more time to recuperate, he said.

Lyons said he spoke to Fox, who joined the force in 2007, about whether he had any apprehension about returning to his patrol duties, but Fox was ready to go.

“He said there’s absolutely no problem,” he said. “He’s confident.”

Martin Peters, co-owner of M&J Firearms in Fortville’s main thoroughfare, said Fox’s story is a tragedy with a positive outcome. Peters keeps a newspaper article with Fox’s photo pinned to a wall for customers to see.

“The community needs more heroes,” Peters said. “I can’t think of a better example.”

Text Only
Breaking News
  • Singer Kenny Loggins set for Indiana GOP meeting

    Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins is set to perform at the Indiana Republican Convention in Fort Wayne.

    April 24, 2014

  • Indiana cat missing 5 years reunited with owner

    A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip.

    April 24, 2014

  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

    April 24, 2014

  • Son eulogizes slain officer mother as 'amazing'

    An Indianapolis police officer slain by her ex-husband, a fellow officer who then killed himself, was eulogized by her son as the "most amazing person" at her funeral Wednesday.

    April 24, 2014

  • NWS - HB0424 - Rebecca Sperry - JC 1 Survivors of violent accident, mother and baby return home from hospital The past two and a half weeks of Rebecca Sperry's life have been a harrowing series of ups and downs.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Reservoir opponents take message to Earth Day

    Opponents of a proposed reservoir in central Indiana hope to use this weekend's Earth Day festivals to spread the word about their concerns about the $350 million dam project, which would inundate part of a state park known for its ancient earthworks.

    April 23, 2014

  • Smoke leads to crash on Indiana 13 A girl was hit by a motorcycle, but not seriously injured, after smoke from a controlled burn limited visibility on Indiana 13 Wednesday afternoon.

    April 23, 2014

  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

    April 23, 2014

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

    April 23, 2014

  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    Thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," Roger Pontz has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

    April 23, 2014

Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Front page

Will you vote in the primary election on May 6?

Yes, on May 6
Yes, will vote early
     View Results