Today, the Scott County Sheriff's Office mourns the death of Carl Koontz, a Deputy Sheriff with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, husband & father.
About 12:30am on March 20th, 2016 the Howard County 911 Dispatch Center received radio communications of shots fired at 380 Chandler Street in Russiaville, Indiana.
Deputies and the Russiaville Marshalls Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant and a search warrant at that location. Officers had obtained a search warrant for the Chandler residence based on information the resident was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
When officers knocked on the door of the residence and announced their presence, they received no response. Upon entry the officers were confronted by gunfire and officers returned fire.
Wounded in the exchange were Sgt. Jordan Buckley and Deputy Carl Koontz. A Russiaville Officer and other deputies were able to extract the wounded officers from the residence and provide first aid.
Deputies secured the area around 380 Chandler, removing residents adjacent to the scene for their safety.
Howard County SWAT, Kokomo Police SWAT and Indiana State Police SWAT responded and attempts to contact the occupant of the residence began about 2:30am with no response.
SWAT personnel were able to confirm an individual was deceased inside the residence. The identity of the deceased is not confirmed.
The investigation into the Officer involved shooting is being conducted by the Indiana State Police.
The wounded officers were transported to Howard Regional Hospital, stabilized, and then airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Sgt. Buckley is in stable condition and described as responsive.
Koontz, 27 years old and a 3-year veteran, was in critical condition and had surgery but succumbed to his injuries received during the gunfight.
As Sheriff Dan McClain lowers the American Flag to half staff in honor of Deputy Koontz, he asks the Scott County Community to join him and his department in extending our thoughts and prayers for Deputy Carl Koontz's family, the Howard County Sheriff's Office, and his fellow law enforcement brothers & sisters. Rest in peace and thank you for your service.