BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - A man who has been on the loose for about 10 days was captured by police Wednesday due to an alert Boone County farmer.
Harold Bishop, who goes by several other names, was wanted for two Indianapolis shootings, including one in which someone died. He was also suspected in an aggravated assault. Shortly after those crimes, surveillance cameras as a Columbus Walmart captured him before police say he robbed a man of a high-powered rifle.
What happened Wednesday morning
Boone County farmer Mike Hysong, 41, was headed to cut beans in his field with his father Wednesday morning. A neighbor informed him there was a car parked on his property, so he went to check it out.
After approaching the car, Hysong noticed Bishop either sleeping or hiding in the car. The farmer began to walk away, prompting Bishop to get up and begin talking to him. Hysong said Bishop asked if he could help jump start his car.
The farmer agreed, saying he would have to go to his truck to get a cable. But as Hysong walked away, he told his father they needed to call 911 because he sensed something wasn't right.
Hysong said it took police about 15 minutes to arrive, during which time he had a conversation with Bishop. The murder suspect asked Hysong why he came back without a cable to jump the car, so the farmer said one of his workers was bringing it.
"I don't think I'm the hero. I'm just blessed that he didn't do anything," Hysong told 24-Hour News 8 Reporter Adrienne Broaddus. "I'm glad I could say the right thing."
After officers arrived, they recognized Bishop. He admitted he had warrants out for his arrest and told officers, "go ahead and handcuff me; you got me."
Details on the vehicle
Bishop told police he was in the field because he was looking for a place to hide out.
Hysong gave some insight into the vehicle Bishop was driving. It had a coat of mud acting as camouflage. Inside, he said he saw gallons of water and loaves of bread.
Boone County Sheriff's Office officials said the vehicle was a rented 2012 Mazda M6. It also had a rifle, ammunition, a machete and clothes inside the vehicle.
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