The person accused of fatally shooting Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz was revealed by police Monday morning to be 25-year-old Evan Dorsey, a man who began exhibiting criminal behavior shortly after his 18th birthday.
With a slew of drug offenses and one violent incident to his name, Dorsey owned a long rap sheet, one that included eight criminal cases in six different counties.
His most recent arrest, in fact, took place in Howard County last December, when he was charged with resisting law enforcement and false informing.
Dorsey kicked off his criminal career as an 18-year-old, when he was arrested in Montgomery County for battery resulting in bodily injury and possession of paraphernalia less than a month after his birthday.
Following that first arrest, however, Dorsey’s violent side would largely stay hidden. From that point on, he was arrested mostly for drug- and alcohol-related charges, including possession of marijuana and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.
As a young man in and out of the criminal justice system, Dorsey was charged with his first felonies on Jan. 30, 2014, in Clinton County – a case that would ultimately prove fatal for both himself and Deputy Koontz.
After being arrested on two Class D felonies – possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe – he was sentenced on both charges in Clinton County Circuit Court in February 2014 to the Indiana Department of Correction for 18 months, with two months executed and 16 months suspended to probation.
Officials from the Indiana DOC could not be contacted about whether Dorsey actually spent time in state prison or served the time in county jail.
After being convicted of violating his probation in January 2015, Dorsey was served another warrant on Dec. 30, 2015. When he missed a court date on Jan. 6, 2016, a failure to appear warrant was issued.
This led officers to Russiaville Sunday morning, where they had previously learned Dorsey was likely hiding out in a trailer park.
It was there that Dorsey, instead of facing a failure to appear warrant, shot and killed Koontz and injured Sgt. Jordan Buckley. After the firefight, Dorsey killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Here is a complete list of Dorsey’s criminal cases and sentencings (all dates represent when charges were filed):
Aug. 21, 2008 - Dorsey was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury and possession of paraphernalia. He was sentenced on the battery charge to county jail for 60 days. The possession charge was dismissed.
Aug. 22, 2008 – Dorsey was charged with minor in possession of alcohol. The charge was dismissed pursuant to the recommendation of a plea agreement.
Sept. 11, 2008 – Dorsey was arrested on a charge of possession of paraphernalia. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Roughly one year later, a petition to revoke was filed after he violated his probation. He was ordered to serve 360 days in county jail with authorized work release.
July 20, 2009 – Dorsey was charged with possession of marijuana under 30 grams. He was sentenced to one year in county jail, with the sentence suspended except for 100 days to serve.
Sept. 10, 2009 – Dorsey was charged with illegal consumption of an alcohol beverage. The case was dismissed after he completed a pre-trial diversion program.
June 8, 2011 – Dorsey was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana/hashish/synthetic cannabinoid. He was sentenced to 60 days in county jail.
Jan. 30, 2014 – Dorsey was charged with two Class D felonies, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe. According to court documents, he was sentenced on both charges to 18 months to the Indiana Department of Correction, with two months executed and 16 months suspended to probation. On Aug, 7, 2014, a petition to revoke was filed. He was later sentenced to 60 days in the Indiana DOC and further probation for violation of probation. A representative from the Indiana DOC could not be contacted to discuss whether Dorsey had served time in state prison.
Dec. 28, 2015 – Dorsey was charged with resisting law enforcement and false informing. A trial was scheduled for later this year.