Howard County deputies' shooting prompts outpouring of support

Sgt Jordan Buckley and Deputy Carl Koontz

The community is rallying behind the Howard County Sheriff's Department after two deputies were shot, one of them fatally, while serving a warrant in Russiaville overnight. The deputies returned fire, killing the gunman, who has not been identified.

Deputy Carl Koontz, a three-year veteran, and Sgt. Jordan Buckley, a nine-year veteran, were both flown to Methodist Hospital by medical helicopter following the shootings at around 12:30 am. The Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers announced just before noon Sunday that Deputy Carl Koontz had passed away from his injuries. Sgt. Buckley is in stable condition. 

Indianapolis Metro Police parked numerous squad cars along Meridian Street from 96th Street on the county line to Methodist Hospital to block traffic at intersections for officers and family coming from the north. At least 15 squad cars were parked at intersections between Carmel and downtown Indianapolis.

Gov. Mike Pence ordered all flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff in Deputy Koontz's honor beginning immediately until sunset on the day of his funeral. He said in a statement:

"Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Koontz and we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and the law enforcement community of Howard County who grieve the passing of this courageous young officer. Indiana will always honor the memory of Deputy Koontz and will always be grateful for his courageous service. Deputy Koontz lost his life in the line of duty and his passing reminds us all of the courage and risk that every member of our law enforcement community and their families face every day in the defending our communities. 

"We also offer our gratitude and prayers to Sergeant Jordan Buckley who was injured during the same incident in the line of duty. We are grateful for his courage and pray that he will make a quick recovery from his injuries and be restored soon to his family and his service to the people of Howard County."

"My heart goes out to these officers and their families, particularly the family of Deputy Carl Koontz who was tragically lost earlier today," U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said in a written statement. "I am keeping them in my prayers. Every day, law enforcement officers across our state and our country get up, go to work, and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. This tragedy is a reminder of that dedication, and of our obligation to honor their service."