March 22, 2016
Indiana Sheriff Deputies Shot. One Officer and Suspect Killed
Deputy Carl Koontz, left, and Sergeant Jordan Buckley were shot while serving a warrant on Sunday. Koontz died. (ISP)
An Indiana sheriff's deputy died Sunday afternoon of injuries he sustained during an early-morning shootout while he and another officer were serving a warrant related to drug paraphernalia, officials said.
Howard County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Koontz, 27, had been on the force for three years. He is survived by a wife and young child.
"[Koontz] was an outstanding officer, he had great promise with our agency, and he's going to be greatly missed," Sheriff Steven Rogers said.
The suspected shooter, who has not been identified, also died, following a standoff with a SWAT team. Authorities said they don't know whether he was killed in a shootout or from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Investigators had learned a suspect wanted for possession of a syringe in neighboring Clinton County was hiding at the mobile home and obtained the warrants, Rogers said.
When officers knocked on the door of the home, they received no response and then entered the home, the sheriff said. That's when the gunfire erupted.
"We plan for it, but you're never fully prepared, of course, for that situation," he said.
Officer, suspect dead in Indiana gunfight; another officer wounded
Published March 20, 2016