An Indiana man being sought for failure to appear in court on a drug-related violation shot two deputies, one fatally, at a Russiaville trailer park over the weekend, state police confirmed Monday.
The suspect, Evan Dorsey, was also found dead inside the trailer where deputies had tried to serve the warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of illegally possessing a syringe. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
Deputy Carl A. Koontz, 27, and Sgt. Jordan J. Buckley, 35, were hit by bullets after they entered the trailer after receiving no answer to a knock on the door, according to authorities.
Koontz, who had close to three years on the job, died from his injuries. Buckley, a nine-year veteran of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department, is expected to make a full recovery, state police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine told CNN.
No one else was injured, Perrine said earlier.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Koontz’s funeral.
“Indiana will always honor the memory of Deputy Koontz and will always be grateful for his courageous service. Deputy Koontz lost his life in the line of duty, and his passing reminds us all of the courage and risk that every member of our law enforcement community and their families face every day in the defending our communities,” the governor said in a statement.
“We also offer our gratitude and prayers to Sgt. Jordan Buckley, who was injured during the same incident in the line of duty. We are grateful for his courage and pray that he will make a quick recovery from his injuries and be restored soon to his family and his service to the people of Howard County.”