The Howard County Board of Commissioners - Paul Wyman, Tyler Moore and Brad Bray - put out the following statement regarding the shooting of Howard County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jordan Buckley and Deputy Carl Koontz early Sunday morning:
"We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic situation regarding two of our sheriff's deputies last night. We are heartbroken at the loss of Deputy Koontz. He was a selfless individual and an outstanding deputy. He leaves behind a beautiful family that he cared for deeply, and his loss will leave a void difficult to fill.
"Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to make our community a better place. These deputies' heroic actions speak to the danger but yet the sacrificial work they all do on a daily basis.
"We also want to thank Sheriff Rogers, the entire sheriff's department, dispatch, the Russiaville Police Department and ambulance service, Emergency Management Agency, Kokomo Police Department, emergency medical personnel and the Indiana State Police for their effective and professional assistance throughout the night.
"We ask that our community keep these families and all of our law enforcement family in your prayers in the coming days."