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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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Carl, Ive know you since you was a little kid. Having holiday dinners with the family and things are my memories. I had no idea when I got the call it was you that had been shot. I couldn't believe it was all unfolding across the street from my childhood home. Being 12 hours away I was getting minute by minute details of your fight to live. Though in the end the Lord decided to take you, you fought hard as a true warrior. I am thankful the day my dad retired I was able to see you and Rod. Little did I know you both would be taken within 6 months of each other. I will say in 18 years of Law Enforcement I have never been to such a beautiful funeral. They did everything. You would have been amazed. You make number 5 of friends I have lost to gunfire. Until we see each other again.

Detective L. Shipman
Moss Point Police Department
May 11, 2016


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