KOKOMO, Ind. (WANE) – A Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy has died following a shootout at a mobile home park in Russiaville early Sunday morning.
A second deputy who was shot is in stable condition at an Indianapolis hospital.
The two deputies and the Russiaville Town Marshall were serving a warrant around 12:30 a.m. When Deputy Carl Koontz and Sergeant Jordan Buckley entered the residence they were shot. The Marshall and other deputies were able to pull Koontz and Buckley from the home.
Both were air lifted to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Koontz was in critical condition and later died from his injuries. Buckley was last reported in stable condition and is alert and conscious.
Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers said Koontz has been with the department for about three years. Buckley is a nine-year veteran of the department.
A two-hour standoff ensued after the initial shooting. It ended when the suspect was found dead, but it’s not known if the man shot himself or was struck by fire from another deputy.
The name of the suspect has not been released.
Sunday afternoon a long line of law enforcement vehicles accompanied Koontz’ body from the hospital.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with any potential financial burden Koontz’ family may incur.
Koontz is survived by his wife and 8-month-old son.
Gov. Mike Pence directed flags to half-staff in honor of the service and sacrifice of Deputy Koontz.
“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. Indiana will always honor the memory of Deputy Koontz and will always be grateful for his courageous service. Deputy Koontz lost his life in the line of duty and his passing reminds us all of the courage and risk that every member of our law enforcement community and their families face every day in the defending our communities.
“We also offer our gratitude and prayers to Sergeant Jordan Buckley who was injured during the same incident in the line of duty. We are grateful for his courage and pray that he will make a quick recovery from his injuries and be restored soon to his family and his service to the people of Howard County.”
Senator Joe Donnelly (R-IN) also released a statement:
“My heart goes out to these officers and their families, particularly the family of Deputy Carl Koontz who was tragically lost earlier today. 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.”
The incident is under investigation.