Indiana deputy, suspect dead after shootout

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A Howard County deputy was fatally shot while serving a warrant early Sunday morning, according to Indiana State Police.

Deputy Carl Koontz, 27, was hit in an exchange of gunfire around 12:30 a.m. at a trailer park on West Chandler Street in Russiaville. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries. Koontz had been on the force for nearly three years.

Howard County Sheriff Department Sgt. Jordan Buckley, 35, was also shot. As of Sunday afternoon, he was in stable condition.

Indiana State Police said the suspect died of a gunshot wound.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Russiaville Town Marshall were attempting to serve a warrant for drug paraphernalia.

Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz, right, is seen with his wife, Cassie Koontz and his son, Noah Alendale Koontz. (Provided Photo/ISP)
Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz, right, is seen with
his wife, Cassie Koontz and his son,
Noah Alendale Koontz. (Provided Photo/ISP)

A long line of law enforcement vehicles accompanied Koontz’ body from IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to the Marion County Coroner’s Office Sunday afternoon.

A GoFundMe page set up for Koontz’ family raised more than $12,000 in a few hours.

Gov. Mike Pence directed flags at state facilities to be flown at half-staff beginning immediatly until sunset on the day of Koontz’ funeral.

“Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz and we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and the law enforcement community of Howard County who grieve the passing of this courageous young officer,” Pence said.

Sen. Joe Donnelly issued a statement Sunday afternoon.

“My heart goes out to these officers and their families, particularly the family of Deputy Carl Koontz who was tragically lost earlier today,” Donnelly said. “I am keeping them in my prayers. Every day, law enforcement officers across our state and our country get up, go to work, and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. This tragedy is a reminder of that dedication, and of our obligation to honor their service.”

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