Evan Dorsey

Evan Dorsey

The identity of the man accused of fatally shooting Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz was revealed at a press conference Monday morning.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said 25-year-old Evan Dorsey shot Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley this weekend while the deputies were serving a search warrant at a home in a Russiaville trailer park.

Dorsey, who was found dead at the scene, was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a syringe. Officers still do not know how exactly Dorsey died, whether it was self-inflicted or if he was shot by officers.

An autopsy, which is expected to be completed Monday, should reveal that information, said Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine.

In addition to drug arrests in Clinton County, Dorsey was arrested by Kokomo police last December in the 600 block of North Union Street on charges of false informing, resisting arrest and a warrant out of Clinton County for violation of probation.

Rogers also noted that Sgt. Buckley, 35, is doing "very well," but there is not currently a timeline for his release from the hospital.

On Monday, members of the Howard County Sheriff's Department and other agencies will attend a critical stress debriefing. According to an Indiana State Police press release, this is a standard procedure for line-of-duty deaths and will help those affected grieve, provide comfort and seek counseling. 

"It's affected the entire law enforcement agency here, but specifically those people that were directly involved. We know they need some special attention," Rogers said. 

A moment of silence will also be observed at 11:10 a.m. Monday, marking 24 hours since Koontz' death. The moment of silence was requested on social media by Koontz's wife, Kassandra Koontz. 

During the press conference Monday, Rogers said the Howard County Sheriff's Department will continue to serve the community to the best of its abilities. He noted that other law enforcement agencies will assist local deputies. 

"We are grieving, but we are seeing to the fact that there are going to be patrols out there by the Indiana State Police, other sheriff's agencies," he said. "It's going to be business as usual as far as law enforcement to be provided to the citizens of Howard County."

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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