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Three Years Later: Howard Co. Deputy Carl Koontz to be remembered with lantern release

Posted at 8:11 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 08:17:37-04

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.

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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.

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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.

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