Indiana State Police confirmed Thursday that a Kokomo Police Department badge was found in the possession of Evan Dorsey after he fatally shot Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz on March 20 inside a Russiaville trailer.
According to ISP Sgt. John Perrine, a KPD badge was found inside the trailer at 380 W. Chandler St., where Koontz, 26, had learned Dorsey was staying. Perrine could not provide information about the status of the badge or whether it belongs to an active KPD officer.
After the shooting, during which Sgt. Jordan Buckley was also wounded, a KPD SWAT team arrived on the scene. Despite the presence of KPD officers at the trailer, Perrine said investigators do not believe the badge was dropped as the scene was secured.
Instead, the badge was likely at the trailer before the arrival of any KPD officers, he said.
Perrine, noting investigators are trying to learn how Dorsey came into possession of the badge, said more information will likely soon be released.
KPD Chief Rob Baker said the department is aware of the development but cannot give official comment until the investigation is completed. Dorsey was arrested in December 2015 by KPD officers and was charged with resisting law enforcement and false informing.
Dorsey, 25, was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a syringe when officers attempted to serve a search warrant at the trailer early in the early morning of March 20.
At roughly 12:30 a.m., Dorsey, who had been arrested eight times in six counties since his 18th birthday, shot Koontz and Buckley as they entered the trailer.
Autopsy information released last week showed Dorsey died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, likely after the confrontation with law enforcement. SWAT teams found his body inside the trailer hours after the shooting.
Koontz, who died at 11:10 a.m. March 20 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the pelvis.