HOWARD COUNTY — The community will remember Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz at a lantern release Wednesday evening, three years after he was fatally shot while serving a search warrant in Russiaville.
On March 20, 2016, Deputy Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were at the home of 25-year-old Evan Dorsey to serve a warrant. As the officers approached the home, Dorsey opened fire on the pair before turning the gun on himself.
Both officers were struck by bullets, but Koontz, a three-year veteran of the department, was killed as a result.
Koontz left behind his wife, Kassandra, and his son Noah, who was only 7 months old at the time.
Kassandra Koontz posted a touching tribute to her late husband Tuesday evening.
"Three years ago seems like yesterday. I'm not sure if it'll ever seem like the number of years has passed," she wrote.
Kassandra and Noah will hold a lantern release at Albright Cemetery starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. They have invited the public to join them to honor their hero.