Community mourns the loss of fallen Indiana deputy

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RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Howard County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while serving a warrant Sunday morning. Our sister station, News 18 shares how a community is grieving the loss of a father, deputy and school resource officer.

Deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were shot in an exchange of gunfire in Russiaville Sunday morning.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Ron Galaviz said Koontz and Buckley went to serve a search and arrest warrant at 380 Chandler St.

“Somebody from inside that trailer started shooting at the officers as they entered the residence,” said Galaviz.

According to The Howard County Sheriff’s Office, the warrant was drug related and the suspect was most likely hiding out in the residence.

Both officers were injured and airlifted to Methodist Hospital, and early afternoon Sunday Koontz passed away. He is survived by his wife and son.

Not only was Koontz dedicated to his job in law enforcement, but he spent most hours with middle and high school students as a school resource officer for Northwestern Schools Corporation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Howard County deputy killed

“You know he would interact with anyone,” said School Superintendent Ryan Snoddy. “I don’t think there was anyone that would not feel comfortable going up and talking to deputy Koontz.”

Snoddy said Monday will be hard a day for all students and staff. But students are not the only ones grieving his loss.

Russiaville resident Vaughn Bourff said, “This is unthinkable, this is absolutely unthinkable. We got word a little while ago that the one officer had passed and it just make you sick.”

Koontz’s body was taken by motorcade to the Marion County Coroner’s Office Sunday afternoon.

No funeral arrangements have been made.

Gov. Mike Pence is paying a special honor to the fallen deputy. He ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half mass.

“He wasn’t just here, he was connected,” said Snoddy.

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