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News Release
Deputy Sheriff Cleared in Shooting. Suspects Indicted. - 10/09/17

Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that Polk County Deputy Sheriff Martin Watson was justified in using deadly force in the early morning of September 30, 2017.

The incident began in Polk County when Deputy Watson attempted to stop a 1993 Honda for a traffic violation on Michigan City Lane near Wallace Road. A pursuit occurred that went through West Salem, into downtown Salem, and eventually ended in a residential neighborhood near Walker Middle School in Northeast Salem. There, a confrontation occurred and Deputy Watson shot at the vehicle, striking it twice.

Neither Jeremy Johnson nor Timothy George, the two men arrested in connection with this case, were injured. Deputy Watson was also uninjured.

The same Grand Jury that found Deputy Watson's actions to be justified also returned indictments for both Jeremy Johnson and Timothy George.

Jeremy Johnson, date of birth 11/14/98, was indicted for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Timothy George, date of birth 5/9/86, was indicted for two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and one count of Possession of a Methamphetamine.

Both men are currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned on their indictments on October 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at 4000 Aumsville Highway.

Due to the ongoing nature of these criminal cases the District Attorney's Office will not release any further details of the shooting or the crimes at this time.