Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz | Howard County Sheriff's Office, IndianaHoward County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz

Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana
End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 34-76

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 20, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Steve Rogers
Howard County Sheriff’s Office
1800 W Markland Avenue
Kokomo, IN 46901
Phone: (765) 456-2020

Deputy Sheriff Carl Koontz was shot and killed as he and other deputies served arrest and search warrants in connection to a narcotics case.
The deputies received no response from inside the mobile home, on the 300 block of Chandler Street in Russiaville, when they knocked on the door and announced themselves at approximately 12:30 am. As they entered the home the subject opened fire on them, striking Deputy Koontz and a sheriff’s sergeant.
A Russiaville police officer and other deputies were able to pull both wounded deputies from the home. They were both transported to a local hospital before being flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Deputy Koontz succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.
The subject was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound several hours later after a SWAT team made entry into the home.
Deputy Koontz had served with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and son.

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. (March 20, 2016) — A Howard County sheriff’s deputy and a suspect died following an overnight shooting in Russiaville.

Deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were shot while trying to serve arrest and  search warrants around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in connection with a drug case, according to Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Kokomo police and Russiaville Town Marshal were involved in the case.

Deputies arrived at the residence in the 300 block of Chandler Street and tried to make contact with the suspect. No one responded when they announced themselves at the residence; when they entered, gunfire ensued. The deputies fired back, Rogers said.

“At that time upon entry, the officers received gunfire," Rogers said during a news conference Sunday morning. "Two officers were injured.  Both officers were transported to Indianapolis."

A Russiaville officer and other deputies pulled Koontz and Buckley to safety. They went first to Howard Regional Hospital before being airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Koontz, a 3-year veteran, was in critical condition and had surgery Sunday. He succumbed to his injuries, officials said during an 11:45 a.m. update on the case. Buckley, a 9-year veteran with the department, was recovering from his wounds. Authorities described Buckley’s condition as stable.

Koontz is survived by his wife and young child, according to Rogers.

"Deputy Koontz was one of our family," Rogers said. "Carl will be missed. We appreciate any prayers and support that anyone can give us right now, because we really need the prayers of the people we serve."

When asked what people can do to help officers, Rogers said, "There’s a lot of people out there who support the efforts of law enforcement. I think if you have the opportunity to tell a police officer what you do appreciate about having them out there, watching out for you every day, I think that’s all we can ask… and we do appreciate that."

Police escorted family to IU Health Methodist Hospital in the overnight hours.

In Howard County, deputies secured the area around the residence. SWAT units from Howard County, Kokomo and Indiana State Police again tried to contact occupants around 2:30 a.m.

Those attempts lasted about two hours with no response, according to Indiana State Police. SWAT personnel eventually confirmed that an individual was dead inside.

Police have not released the individual’s name and couldn’t confirm if the person was the same one wanted on the warrant. Indiana State Police will be the lead agency in the investigation.


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