Two Indiana deputies shot, one fatally, while serving warrants

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 20, 2016 1:30 PM

(Reuters) - Two sheriff's deputies in Indiana were shot, one of them fatally, while serving a warrant for drug-related offenses on Sunday, police said.

A suspect, who has not been identified, died in the incident, which took place in Russiaville in central Indiana, about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, they said.

Deputy Carl Koontz of the Howard County Sheriff's Department was killed in the incident, and Deputy Sergeant Jordan Buckley was wounded, Indiana State Police said. Buckley was in stable condition at a hospital.

The two were shot at after they knocked on the door of a residence to serve the warrant. They then returned fire.

"With an extremely heavy heart I'm sorry to report Deputy Carl Koontz has succumbed to his wounds," a State Police spokesman, Sergeant John Perrine, said on his Twitter feed.

Koontz had been with the State Police for nearly three years, while Buckley was a nine-year veteran of the force, according to Perrine.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas)