Warrant service turns into water rescue, later manhunt

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What started out as a simple warrant service for Jasonville police, turned into a water rescue, and later, a manhunt before the suspect could be brought into custody.

Wednesday night, Jasonville Police Officer Brian Pilant and Assist. Police Chief Ryan Van Horn attempted to serve a warrant on 20-year-old Logyn Cazee, who was said to be at a residence on CR 800.

When they arrived, Cazee fled the scene in a vehicle. The officers gave a brief chase before Cazee exited his vehicle and continued on foot through a wooded area. 

Cazee then jumped into a lake and swam out approximately 40 feet before he began to struggle, according to authorities.

Officers first tried to get Cazee to swim back to them, but he went under water. 

Van Horn jumped in the lake to rescue Cazee, and Officer Pilant used a long branch to pull the two back to shore.

Once officers got Cazee out of the water, he was not breathing and they were unable to locate a pulse. Pilant began CPR and was able to revive Cazee. 

Cazee was then transported by Greene County Ambulance to Sullivan County Community Hospital. 

“I couldn’t be prouder of my guys actions during this whole ordeal. Asst. Police Chief Ryan Van Horn’s total disregard for his own safety and Officer Pilant’s quick thinking saved lives and can only be called heroic,” Jasonville Police Chief Jim Gadberry said in a Facebook post about the incident.

But the story did not end there. 

Jasonville Police were notified early Thursday morning that Cazee had walked away from Sullivan County Community Hospital. 

Throughout the morning, officers found themselves just minutes behind Cazee at every stop. They eventually found themselves back in the area of one of the homes previously searched, where Cazee was found hiding behind a couch in the garage. 

Cazee was taken into custody w and transported to the Greene County Jail on the outstanding felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

Throughout the ordeal, the Jasonville Police Department was assisted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Jasonville and Wright Township fire departments, and Greene County Ambulance.

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