Marion County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Marion County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 40 S Alabama St, Indianapolis, 46204 IN
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is located at 40 S Alabama St, Indianapolis, 46204 IN. The Marion County Sheriff's Office phone number is 317-327-1700.

Marion County Sheriff's Office News

Sheriff John Layton was pleased to present MCSO Chaplain's Badges to Presiding Bishop Theodore L. Brooks and First Assistant Presiding Bishop Mark C. Tolbert of Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

Happy Halloween! Please review these safety tips before taking your little ghouls, ghosts, and goblins out Trick or Treating this evening!

Sheriff Layton was proud to swear in our newest class of Detention Deputies today. We welcome you to the Marion County Sheriff's Office family! Thank you for your willingness to serve and protect your community.

Yesterday, Sheriff John Layton swore in his last class of Marion County Sheriff's Deputies. We are all so proud to welcome the members of Class 92 to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Thank you for your dedication and willingness to serve your community. Individual and family photos will be posted tomorrow!

Thank you to Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt for taking time to meet with the MCSO today, and tour the 911 Center!

Recognition continues for Cindy Aurs' retirement after 41 years of service with a visit from Sheriff John Layton and a gift from Commander Hicks and IMPD Southeast District, who will miss Cindy Aurs' calm and reassuring voice on their controls.

It will be hard to imagine the MCSO 911 Center without Cindy Aurs, our longest-serving Dispatcher/Control Operator, whose last day is today. She is retiring after 41 years of incredibly dedicated service to the people of Marion County. We are incredibly grateful for her dedication and will miss her. Thank you, Cindy, and best of luck in retirement!

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Ronin Has Received Donation of Body Armor Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Ronin has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Beth Frank of Alaska K9 Center and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Sgt. Jack T. Sumner”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Thank you to the Marion County Public Defender Agency for coming into the Jail yesterday to register inmates to vote! It is each of our civic duty to vote. You can ensure your voter registration is up to date OR register to vote by midnight TONIGHT (October 9) by visiting this website: https://indianavoters.in.gov/

Congratulations to Sergeant John Rogers, Corporal Herman Castellon and Deputy Jennifer Castellon, who on October 6th, graduated from the 16 week chaplaincy program at the Chaplain Training Institute (CTI). They received their license through the State of Indiana, their chaplaincy badge and are now certified Chaplains! Rogers, Castellon, and Castellon are all assigned to the Judicial Enforcement Division, Public Services Section. We are proud of you!

A traffic stop for no license plate light and unsafe lane movement led to three arrests and a quarter pound of crystal meth being taken off of the streets on the city's southwest side over the weekend. Thank you to our MCSO Reserve Division Deputies for their vigilance, attention to detail, and team work on their great work!

The MCSO Honor and UIndy Police kicked off today’s University of Indianapolis Homecoming Parade!

A great photo of Captain Van Cleave, Sheriff Layton, Lieutenant Colonel Forestal, and Chief Deputy Talley-Sanders from the Circle City Classic Parade last Saturday...

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office team was proud to participate in this morning’s Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk - "A Time to Say Thanks!" It’s such a beautiful way to honor Fallen Deputy Jason Baker and all of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect their communities.

The Circle City Classic Parade our does itself year after year! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this wonderful event!

Sheriff John Layton, Chief Deputy Eva Talley-Sanders, Lieutenant Colonel Kerry Forestal, and the men and women of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were proud to participate in this year’s Circle City Classic Parade!

Thank you to Indiana Bible College for lifting hearts with their voices in a concert for inmates at the Marion County Jail last week.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Matthew Baker, 24, was killed in a gun battle on Monday, September 17, 2001, that began during a chase and ended in a near–north side neighborhood. Prior to the shooting, Deputy Baker had been dispatched on a call to 46th Street and Emerson Avenue. While enroute to the scene, he encountered a suspicious vehicle containing four young men and attempted to make a traffic stop of the vehicle at 52nd Street and Keystone Avenue at 7:19 pm. The driver of the 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo refused to stop, and a chase followed. One of the four men jumped out of the car before the shooting started. As the car took off, a second suspect, later confessed to be Michael Shannon, fired an assault rifle through the back windshield of the car. The bullets shattered Deputy Baker’s windshield and struck his car’s engine. Under attack, Deputy Baker continued in pursuit, remaining calm, but issuing a radio call for assistance under the highest priority, saying “I’ve got glass in my face. I think I’m all right.” Deputy Lawrence Conley soon joined the pursuit, taking the lead, with Deputy Baker close behind. The pursuit turned from Keystone Avenue onto 32nd Street and north from 32nd into a residential area, onto Brouse Avenue. Residents in the area said shots were being fired as the cars raced through the neighborhood. Shannon emptied the assault rifle’s clip, reloaded, and fired again. A witness told police she saw the Monte Carlo slow down after the turn onto Brouse Avenue, as if waiting for the pursuing squad cars to round the corner. Deputy Conley, in the first patrol car, turned wide. Deputy Baker turned sharp right into the field of fire, and was struck in the head by a shot from the assault rifle. Deputy Baker’s car struck Deputy Conley’s car from behind and travelled through the yards of two homes, coming to a stop against a third. IPD Sergeant Michael Duke rushed to the car and went to Deputy Baker who was bleeding from the fatal head wound. Duke comforted the young deputy, reflecting later, “I served a purpose, and I hope I did OK.” The suspect car crashed into the back of a house at 3309 N. Baltimore Avenue, and the suspects scattered on foot. By about 8:30 pm, dozens of squad cars from the Sheriff’s Department, the Indianapolis Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and other agencies had converged in the area around the 3300 block of Baltimore Avenue. A State Police helicopter was in the air to assist in the search, but was forced to break off the search when shots were fired at it. Armored cars and SWAT officers were also called to the scene. Police ordered nearby residents into their homes and by-standers outside a two block perimeter. Hundreds of people milled in the streets outside that perimeter. The vehicle’s driver, Allen Dumperth, and Shannon both were armed with high-powered assault rifles and continued their gunfire. They sustained that fire through the entire chase, until Shannon ran out of ammunition and Dumperth was shot and killed by members of the MCSD SWAT unit in a wooded area along Baltimore Avenue at about 3:30 Tuesday morning after pointing his weapon at the officers. Shannon eluded police for several additional hours, having been aided by a local resident, Anthony Carter, who let him stay in his home overnight. Shannon was apprehended at 6:30 am on Tuesday as Carter tried to drive him out of the area. The two other suspects in the car were also captured and arrested, but were found not to have been directly involved in the shooting. Charges against them were dismissed. Court documents indicate that Dumperth, 20, had become involved with drugs at the age of 14 and dabbled in Satanism. He had a juvenile record and had left high school before graduating. He had been on probation after serving a year and five months in prison on a robbery conviction. Shannon also had a juvenile record and had left high school before graduating. He was listed by the Army as a deserter. In addition to the two assault rifles, Dumperth’s car was found to contain three ammunition magazines, smoke bombs, a bandoleer-style utility vest, a gas mask, binoculars, a compass and camouflage pants with shotgun shells in the pocket. Michael Shannon was charged with murder, attempted murder, and resisting arrest. On the morning of his capital murder trial in February 2003, he admitted to firing the assault rifle round that killed Deputy Baker and pleaded guilty to the charges. On March 20, 2003, he was sentenced to life without parole for Deputy Baker’s murder and consecutive 50-year sentences for the attempted murders of Deputy Lawrence Conley and by-stander John Hagan, who survived, partially paralyzed, from a bullet to the head. In pleading guilty, Shannon waived his right to appeal. Anthony Carter was arrested for his involvement in helping Shannon evade police after the shooting. In a hearing in May 2002, he pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal and was sentenced to two years in prison and two years’ probation. Additionally, Joshua Meadows was arrested for supplying the assault rifles used by Dumperth and Shannon. The investigation determined Meadows had purchased the SKS and AK-47 rifles for Dumperth, a convicted robber who could not legally purchase them himself. Found guilty after 2-1/2 hours of jury deliberation, he received the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison on the two counts. A sergeant with the IUPUI Police Department, Deputy Baker’s father, Jerry, was among the officers who answered the Code 1 call on September 17. He arrived to see his son’s battered squad car and an ambulance pull away from the scene. Speaking of his son, he said: “He never, ever, ever wanted to do anything else.” Deputy Baker had dreamed of being a law enforcement officer since he was 5. His childhood bed was adorned with spinning red and blue lights salvaged from a wrecked squad car. Family photos capture a 10-year old child in a blue police jumpsuit, a present from his grandmother. Deputy Baker had worked for the Sheriff’s Department in various capacities for six years, and became a merit deputy in 1999. He was known for his professionalism and was described as kind, courteous, conscientious, intelligent, and 100-percent dedicated. The personnel file documenting his brief career contained numerous commendations. Services for Deputy Baker were held in St. Luke United Methodist Church. The funeral procession was 7-1/2 miles long, from 86th Street to downtown. Judges closed their courtrooms to go outside to pay their respects. The streets were lined with men, women and children who waved flags and wept. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery. Deputy Baker was posthumously honored as the 2001 Deputy of the Year at the 34th Annual Police, Deputy Sheriff, and Fire Recognition awards. He was also awarded a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart by Sheriff Jack Cottey. Deputy Baker would have turned 25 on September 25, a week after the incident. Since Deputy Baker's death his family has worked to keep his legacy and that of all fallen officers alive. They established the Jason M Baker Foundation to provided educational assistance to young people pursuing an education in the public safety field. Funds are raised through sponsorship, donations and participation in the Jason M Baker 5k run and family stroll held at Crown Hill Cemetery each September.

Here’s our Sheriff John Layton with the Mission BBQ team and the Cass County Sporting Clays team at the fundraiser for the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch at Cool Springs Skeet Shoot Range in Velpen, Indiana! Thank you all for your support!

Chief Deputy Eva Talley-Sanders was recently included in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s “The History of Women behind the Badge” in Indianapolis Central Library’s special collections room. The exhibit is open until September 21st. Eva Talley-Sanders started with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office over 30 years ago. Chief Deputy Talley-Sanders joined the Office as a Correctional Officer in the Jail, and steadily moved through the ranks. Talley-Sanders successfully held the ranks of Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Deputy Chief of the Jail Division. She was also Commander over Special Investigations, Budget, Finance, Criminal Intelligence, Planning and Research, and Special Deputies. When the Marion County Sheriff’s Department merged with the Indianapolis Police Department in 2007, Talley-Sanders was appointed as Assistant Chief of Police of the new Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Chief Deputy Eva Talley-Sanders is the first Chief Deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the highest ranking female in the history of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in its 196 year history. Chief Deputy Talley-Sanders earned an Associate of Science Degree in Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and she is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. She has earned many honors and awards for outstanding police work and community service activities, and is a recipient of the Center for Leadership “Achievement in Public Service Award.” Chief Talley-Sanders is also the recipient of numerous commendations from Judges in the Marion County Courts, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and members of the Indianapolis community.

Sheriff John Layton, Chaplain Michael Wolley, and Chaplain Sherry Proffitt enjoyed meeting with United Methodist Jail Ministries of Horizons of Faith United Methodist Church this morning. This amazing group provide monthly services as well as daily devotionals in English and Spanish to Marion County Jail inmates, in addition to providing Bibles, postage and envelopes, hygiene kits, and winter coats for inmates who are being released, but don't have proper apparel. They also had an opportunity to discuss future programming and changes that can be anticipated in the new Community Justice Center. We are so grateful for their generosity and service to Marion County Jail inmates.

We will never forget.

Marion County Sheriff John Layton, Chief Deputy Eva Talley-Sanders the Marion County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of former City-County Councillor Mary Moriarty-Adams. Sheriff Layton remarked: "Mary Moriarty-Adams was the best friend that the men and women of public safety have ever had in Marion County. Her dedication and commitment to finding solutions to the greatest challenges facing Marion County have made the City of Indianapolis a better and safer place for all who live here. Mary embodied what it means to be a public servant, and while her shoes are impossible to fill, her legacy will continue on forever. I extended my deepest sympathy to her husband, Marion County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Frank Adams, and to the entire Moriarty and Adams families." Chief Deputy Eva Talley-Sanders fondly recalled multiple conversations per week with Councillor Moriarty-Adams, while Talley-Sanders was serving as Assistant Chief of IMPD: “Mary was incredibly dedicated to the City of Indianapolis and played a hands on role in ensuring that the men and women of public safety had the resources they needed to protect our community. She had an amazing sense of humor and would end each phone call asking if I wanted to speak to Frank next. Hers is a true loss for our community, but she will always be remembered as a dedicated public servant and champion of public safety.”

Marion County Sheriff John Layton and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of former City-County Councillor Mary Moriarty-Adams. Sheriff Layton remarked: "Mary Moriarty-Adams was the best friend that the men and women of public safety have ever had in Marion County. Her dedication and commitment to finding solutions to the greatest challenges facing Marion County have made the City of Indianapolis a better and safer place for all who live here. Mary embodied what it means to be a public servant, and while her shoes are impossible to fill, her legacy will continue on forever. I extended my deepest sympathy to her husband, Marion County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Frank Adams, and to the entire Moriarty and Adams families."