Suspect accused of fatally shooting Deputy Koontz died of self-inflicted gunshot wound


Mug shot of Evan Dorsey

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KOKOMO, Ind. (March 21, 2016) – Police say the man who shot and killed a Howard County sheriff’s deputy over the weekend died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said officers were serving a warrant for Evan Dorsey, 25, who was wanted on a warrant out of Clinton County for failure to appear.

Deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were shot while trying to serve that warrant; Koontz was killed and Buckley was injured. Buckley was released from IU Health Methodist Hospital Monday afternoon.

Dorsey also died during the encounter from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Koontz’s body was taken from Indianapolis to Howard County Monday afternoon in a police procession. Buckley was well enough to ride in the procession.

Rogers said Indiana State Police and other departments were assisting the Howard County Sheriff’s Department with runs in order to give personnel time to mourn the loss of their colleague.

"We are grieving, but we are seeing to the fact that there are going to be patrols out there by ISP and other agencies," Rogers said. "It’s going to be business as usual as far as law enforcement goes for Howard County and the process we’re going through here."

Rogers said the department's efforts were concentrated on supporting Koontz's family. The deputy leaves behind a wife and young son.

"You can only imagine the loss of a life with a wife and a small child, and so we’re just trying to be as comforting as we can and help her through this process so that...that’s basically it," Rogers said. "We’re trying to be there in any way we can for her. It’s just what you can imagine as far as the stress and the sadness that we’re dealing with right now."

Deputy Buckley (left) & Deputy Koontz (right)
Deputy Buckley (left) & Deputy Koontz (right)

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