Shooting began ‘like any other call’


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Jackson County Sheriff's Department officer Rick Meyer sits in his home in Seymour on Wednesday. Officer Meyer was injured in the shoulders on May 8 that erupted as he investigated a report of suspicious persons near Tampico.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Jackson County Sheriff's deputy Rick Meyer sits in his house in Seymour on Wednesday. Meyer was wounded in both shoulders in a shootout on May 8 while investigating a suspicious persons report. Meyers played baseball professionally before becoming a law enforcement officer.

The May 8 incident that left an officer and an 18-year-old man wounded in Tampico could have, and likely should have, had a much different outcome, one of the participants said.

“I was just thinking it was a couple of juveniles, maybe out fishing ... and just being kids,” Officer Rick Meyer said of the incident that left him with gunshot wounds in both shoulders.

Meyer, 44, returned fire and shot 18-year-old Isiah Tyler Roger of Brownstown above his left elbow on a bridge that carries State Road 39 over Grassy Fork south of Tampico.

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