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Former Lawrence County Deputy seeking a change of venue for upcoming jury trial

MARTIN COUNTY - APRIL 11, 2024 - A former Lawrence County Sheriff Deputy Jon D. Flynn, Crane, Indiana is requesting a change of venue for his jury trial that has been tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2024 in Martin County Circuit Court.

On February 7, 2024 Judge officer Isha E. Wright disclosed there is a familial relationship with the Prosecutor to which neither the State of Indiana or attorney for Jon Flynn objected to the Judge presiding on the case at the time.

The change of venue is unrelated to that matter.

Photo: Jon D. Flynn

Flynn is being represented by Bedford Attorneys Scott Callahan, and Katie Simon a hearing that was scheduled on April 2, 2024 has been continued by Martin County

Flynn who is facing the following charges:

  • Battery with body injury to Public Safety Officer a Level - 5 Felony

  • Intimidation : Communicated because of victim's occupation a Level - 6 Felony

  • Criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon a Level - 6 Felony

  • Resisting law enforcement by knowingly/intentionally forcibly, resist, obstruct a Level 1 Felony

  • Escape a Level - 5 Felony

  • Intimidation a Level -1 Felony

  • Criminal mischief which was added following his arrest.

The case stems when Flynn was arrested on Sunday February 4, 2024 after Martin County Sheriff's Department , Loogootee Police Department and Indiana State Police responded to Flynn's home on Blandy Street in Crane, Indiana on a open burn complaint.

The previous news story is below:

CRANE - FEEBRUARY 7, 2024 - A former Lawrence County Sheriff deputy and Crane Base law enforcement officer Jon D. Flynn, 200 Blandy Street Crane, Indiana has been arrested by the Martin County Sheriff's Department for battery on a law enforcement officer and three other charges.

Photo: Former Lawrence County Sheriff Deputy Jon D. Flynn, Crane, Indiana was arrested for Battery with bodily injury to a Public Safety Officer and other charges.

On Sunday February 4, 2024 at 11:40 am the Martin County Sheriff received a complaint from a person on Blandy Street in Crane Village about a large fire Flynn started which was popping coals on the complaint's roof. The caller stated it was not an emergency and the fire department was not needed.

Martin County Sheriff Deputy Matthew Branham arrived at 12:04 pm and the fire was almost out.

The neighbor had issues with Flynn in the past and told Deputy Branham that Flynn would fire guns, blow up things in Flynn's yard, and every time he called the Martin County Sheriff's Department nothing was done because he was law enforcement on the Crane Base.

The neighbor stated Flynn was drunk all the time and burned his girlfriend's police equipment.

Deputy Branham drove to Flynn's property to find smoldering black material but did not locate any police gear in the fire.

Deputy Branham knocked on his door and his girlfriend came to the door. Flynn came out the door and according to the police report Flynn was unsteady on his feet and slurred speech.

Deputy Branham told him why he was there and Flynn became hostile.

Flynn stated " I can do whatever I want on my property," Flynn squatted down and told Deputy Branham " I am an officer at Crane and a Law Enforcement officer for 32 years and before that a Lawrence County Deputy,"

Deputy Branham told Flynn he should get it and understand that I am just here to check on things. Flynn then called deputy Branham a "b-tch" and again said he could do whatever he wanted on his property.

His girlfriend kept trying to keep Flynn calmed down.

Deputy Branham left the scene headed back towards Loogootee when at 12:26 pm another caller and different neighbor reporting Flynn was hostile and started firing a gun.

Deputy Branham requested additional officers and Indiana State Police.

The Indiana State Police Trooper arrived along with Captain Gibson with the Martin County Sheriff's Department. When speaking with Trooper Wilson, Flynn got hostile and used profanity, raising his voice to Deputy Branham and Captain Gibson. Flynn would yell " f-ck" Martin County,"

While talking to the Indiana State Trooper Flynn would get extremely hostile and began to use profanity and raise his voice to Deputy Branham and Captain Gibson saying " f-ck" Martin County,"

Indiana State Police Trooper David Quakenbush arrived to help with the situation. During this David Flynn tried going back in the house, and would get hostile towards law enforcement and start walking towards them. His girlfriend would get between him and the officers and try and calm Flynn down.

After several minutes officers attempted to arrest Flynn who kept pulling his hands away to be handcuffed. As he was being taken to a police car Flynn kept resisting. Flynn looked at Captain Gibson and told him " If I see you outside, I am going to put you in the ground,"

Flynn was kicking the police car, Trooper Wilson asked the Martin County officers to leave to help diffuse the situation.

Martin County EMS arrived at the scene to evaluate David Flynn however he refused medical treatment at the scene.

Indiana State Police tried for 45 minutes to get Flynn in the police car, and refused to ride with Captain Wilson Martin County Sheriffs Department.

Flynn was finally placed in a Loogootee Police Department vehicle and the officers laid him down to prevent injury.

While being transported to the Martin County Security Center Loogootee Police Officer Davis reported Flynn was kicking the seat, fighting, and kicking the center console.

This occurred several times with officers having to pull over and restrain Flynn.

While restraining Flynn officers placed leg shackles on him. While restraining him he told Deputy Doane " if you take me to the hospital in these, I am going to bust your face,"

Then, while in transport Flynn started hitting his head off the window. Officer Davis stopped yet again, when he opened the door Flynn slipped out of the leg restraints and attempted to flee.

He was taken back into custody by Captain Gibson and Indiana State Police Trooper Nolan.

During this time Flynn wanted to go the hospital. Flynn was taken to Daviess Community Hospital to be medically cleared.

Flynn was then lodged in the Martin County Security Center.

While filing out the prep- admission form at the jail his girlfriend April King refused to give officers Flynn's identification at the scene, so they could properly identify Flynn.

The Crane Police Department was contacted by the Martin County Deputy Branham and identified him as Jon David Flynn.

Captain Gibson suffered an arm injury with a bruise and lump starting to form during the altercation with Flynn.

No other police officers were injured.

While at the jail Flynn continued to be hostile towards jail staff, refused to follow directions, refused to be booked in, and started kicking again.

Charges include:

  • Battery on a law enforcement officer ( Level 5 Felony)

  • Two counts intimidation on a law enforcement officer ( Level-6 Felony)

  • Criminal recklessness with a firearm ( Level -6 - Felony)

  • Resisting Law enforcement -( Class- B misdemeanor)

At this time Flynn remains in the Martin County Jail. A court hearing has been scheduled on Martin County Circuit Court in February 20th at 10:00 am.


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