2 officers shot, suspect dead after Indiana mobile home gunfight
Two central Indiana sheriff's deputies were injured and a suspect was killed following a gunfight early Sunday inside a mobile home, authorities said.
Sgt. Jordan Buckley and Deputy Carl Koontz were serving arrest and search warrants when they were met with gunfire as they entered the home about 60 miles north of Indianapolis, according to Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers.
"A Russiaville officer and other deputies were able to extract the wounded officers from the residence and provide first aid," Rogers said in a news release.
Koontz, who has been with the department for more than 2½ years, had surgery and was in "very critical" condition, Rogers said. Buckley, a nine-year veteran, was in stable condition. Both men had been wearing body armor.
After removing neighboring residents from their homes and trying to contact the suspected shooter for two hours, SWAT officers found a person dead inside the mobile home, Rogers said. The name of the dead person and the cause of death have not been released.
Investigators had learned a suspect wanted for possession of a syringe in neighboring Clinton County was hiding at the mobile home and obtained the warrants, Rogers said.
When officers knocked on the door of the home, they received no response and then entered the home, the sheriff said. That's when the gunfire erupted.
Rogers said that officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, but he didn't know which officers did so and it wasn't clear how many were inside the mobile home during the gunfight.
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