Deputy, Marshal hit by vehicle in Martin County incident

Billy Craft - Provided Photo
Billy Craft - Provided Photo

SHOALS, Ind. (WTHI) – A Martin County Deputy and Shoals Town Marshal were hit by a suspect’s vehicle Thursday while trying to arrest the suspect, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department Confirms.

According to documents from the MCSO, Martin County Deputy T.A. Burkhardt and Shoals Town Marshal Todd Eckert were attempting to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant at RJ’s Food Market in Shoals. Deputies say the suspect, Billy Craft, 33 of Shoals, got into a vehicle and struck the officers in an attempt to evade police.

Deputy Burkhardt suffered a knee injury in the incident, according to the document. Marshal Eckert was not injured.

Officials arrested Craft a short time later near Butler Bridge Road after he fled into the woods. Official report Craft would not stop or comply.

He faces charges including resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, driving while suspended, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, battery on a law enforcement officers, possession of syringes and possession of methamphetamine.

Craft is being held at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office with no bond pending his initial hearing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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