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

Deputy Sheriff

Carl A. Koontz

Howard County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 34-76

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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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, son, parents, sister and grandparents.

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Dear Carl:
I send this reflection to you and your family with profound gratitude and respect, in addition to heartfelt condolences for the events that day. I know that the Good Lord has a plan, although at times like this, it doesn’t appear so. But hopefully the pain and suffering that your family has to endure will ease in time.

Thank you for the honorable manner in which you conducted yourself, and the fact that you did a job that few people in this great nation have metal to do. May Almighty God bless you, your family, and God Bless the United States of America.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Police, Fl.
September 29, 2016


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