HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. -- A 27-year-old Howard County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and killed while serving a warrant early Sunday morning. A second deputy was also shot and has been released from the hospital.
Several Howard Co. sheriff's deputies went to the 300 block of W. Chandler Street around 12:30 a.m. to deliver an outstanding warrant out of Clinton County for possession of a syringe.
The sheriff's department said the suspect didn’t respond when deputies knocked on the door, but that they simply started shooting, hitting the two officers.
"When officers knocked on the door by announcing their presence, they received no response. Upon entry the officers were confronted by gunfire and the officers returned fire," Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said. "A Russiaville officer and other deputies were able to extract the officers and provide first aid."
Both officers were taken IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where Koontz later died. The Marion County Coroner's Office has determined that he died from a single gunshot wound to the pelvis.
He is survived by his wife, Cassie, and 8-month-old son, Noah.
According to the Howard County Sheriff, the department has not had a deputy killed in the line of duty for at least 46 years.
On Sunday afternoon, a motorcade took the deputy's body from the hospital to the Marion County Coroner's Office.
Law enforcement vehicles lined the street as part of the procession.
Several police agencies escorted Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz from the hospital to the Marion County Coroner's Office. The 27-year-old was shot and killed while serving a warrant overnight:: http://bit.ly/21BL5sTMore on how the community is remembering him here: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/community-remembers-deputy-carl-koontz