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Flags to be lowered in Indiana to honor slain sheriff's deputy

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Photo identification left to right: Wife, Cassie Koontz, son, Noah Allendale Koontz, Deputy Carl Koontz. (Courtesy: Indiana State Police) Photo identification left to right: Wife, Cassie Koontz, son, Noah Allendale Koontz, Deputy Carl Koontz. (Courtesy: Indiana State Police)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Flags will be lowered on Monday to honor an Indiana sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed on the job.

Both the deputy and a suspect died after a gunfight in a mobile home north of Indianapolis early Sunday morning.

The Howard County sheriff says Deputy Carl Koontz died at an Indianapolis hospital.

A second deputy who was shot is said to be stable and alert. The sheriff says the deputies were met with gunfire while serving warrants.

According to WXIN Fox 59, Indiana State Police say this happened at a mobile home in the 300 block of Chandler Street around 12:30 a.m in Russiaville.   The Howard County Sheriffs Department and Russiaville Town Marshal were attempting to serve an arrest warrant and search warrant pertaining to drug paraphernalia, according to Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers.

"At that time upon entry, the officers received gunfire," Rogers said. "Two officers were injured. Both officers were transported to Indianapolis."

During a 7:00am news conference, Sheriff Rogers said Sgt. Jordan Buckley, a nine-year veteran with the department, was in stable condition. At the time, Deputy Koontz was in very critical condition.

"We've received a lot of inquiries from the public about this," Rogers said shortly after the shootings. "And the only thing I would ask is that the public pray for these officers, pray for the officers who to their job every day.  These officers need their prayers right now, so I would ask that this community pray for those officers."

Police vehicles from multiple agencies could be seen in the IU Methodist Hospital parking lot early Sunday morning.

Police escorted family to Methodist Hospital in the overnight hours.

After an early morning SWAT stand-off, ISP confirms the male suspect is dead. It’s unclear how he died.

Indiana state police, as well as several other local police stations, are assisting Howard County authorities in the mobile home park.

"We're really not certain on the exact identity of this individual," Rogers said.  "We've been told that the name on the warrant may not correspond with the name of the individual in the trailer. Again, we’re waiting to find that information out."

On Sunday afternoon, Indiana Governor Mike Pence ordered that all flags at state facilities statewide should be lowered to half-staff in memory of Deputy Koontz.

"Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Koontz and we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and the law enforcement community of Howard County who grieve the passing of this courageous young officer," Gov. Pence said in a written statement. "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."

"We also offer our gratitude and prayers to Sergeant Jordan Buckley who was injured during the same incident in the line of duty," Gov. Pence added. "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."

On Sunday afternoon, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly also issued a written statement in support of Koontz.

“My heart goes out to these officers and their families, particularly the family of Deputy Carl Koontz who was tragically lost earlier today," Donnelly said in a written statement. "I am keeping them in my prayers. Every day, law enforcement officers across our state and our country get up, go to work, and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. This tragedy is a reminder of that dedication, and of our obligation to honor their service."

According to Supporting Heroes, an organization that takes care of the families of first responders and law enforcement who are killed in the line of duty, Deputy Koontz is survived by his wife and his eight-month-old son.

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