Sister, mother of slain Howard County deputy assaulted at courthouse

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. --The sister and mother of slain Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz are recovering after they were attacked and assaulted at the county courthouse Monday.

Koontz was shot and killed in 2016 while serving a search warrant in Russiaville. 

His sister, Alice, 27, and mother, Jackie, 54, were in the courthouse in connection with a paternity hearing when they were approached by Bryson Small, 36, who was there to answer questions about the case.

Witnesses told the Howard County Sheriff that Small walked toward Alice and her mother and attacked both, knocking them to the floor.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers says Small struck both women several times but was quickly subdued by bystanders and courtroom security officers. 

"As soon as he began attacking some civilians jumped in immediately that was standing right there," said Sheriff Rogers. "Within 14 seconds our court security officer engaged the suspect. Within another nine seconds after that, we had about another four courthouse security officers that were present and assisting as well to subdue him."

Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman said the attack happened quickly. 

"It takes less than one to two seconds to punch somebody and knock them out."

An infant, Amelia Koontz, was in a baby carrier nearby but was not hurt.

Both Alice and Jackie suffered facial and head injuries. Alice was unconscious before she was taken to the hospital and was later transferred to Indianapolis for treatment of her injuries. Jackie was treated and released.  

Small was taken to the Howard County Jail where he was booked on multiple charges including:

  • Battery against public safety officer
  • Battery resulting in bodily injury
  • Domestic battery
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Neglect of a dependent result serious bodily injury
  • Attempted involuntary manslaughter

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