--Indiana State Police
INDIANAPOLIS- Howard County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jordan Buckley has been released from Methodist Hospital. Buckley will be participating in the procession to bring Deputy Carl Koontz, killed in the line of duty, home to Kokomo.
While serving an arrest warrant in the early morning hours of March 20, Sgt. Buckley was wounded in the upper thigh during a shootout with the wanted suspect. Buckley was first transported to Howard Community Hospital, then transferred to Methodist to treat his wounds. The same incident claimed the life of 27 year old Deputy Carl Koontz.
In a news conference earlier today, Sheriff Steve Rogers said "we are ready to bring Jordan home."
Sgt. Buckley, who was just recently promoted to sergeant, is expected to make a full recovery. He will be riding along in the police procession this afternoon. Please keep Sgt. Buckley and his family in your prayers as they begin the road to recovery.
Cause of death determined for suspect and Koontz
- Today the Marion County Coroner and Howard County Coroner offices provided preliminary autopsy information for the cause and manner of death of Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz and the suspect, Evan Dorsey.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office preliminary autopsy report has determined Deputy Carl Koontz died the result of a single gunshot wound to the pelvis. Homicide is the manner of death.
The Howard County Coroner’s Office preliminary autopsy report has determined the cause of death of the suspect, Evan Dorsey, was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police, as well as police agencies across Indiana are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support for Deputy Koontz’s family.
To our friends in the media and public, we understand there are many questions related to the tragic loss of Deputy Koontz’s life. Many of the questions being asked by media are the same questions we are working to answer as the investigation continues. As is standard policy with Indiana State Police investigations, we will not be commenting on specific points of progress. Once the investigation is completed, it will be submitted to the local prosecuting authority for review. Homicide investigations are, by nature, very fluid with information that has to be checked and verified as the investigation moves forward.
Part of this in-depth investigation will be the finalized autopsy reports for Deputy Koontz and suspect Evan Dorsey. Typically, final autopsy reports take several weeks to complete.
No further investigative information is available until the investigation is completed.
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