Sgt. Jordan Buckley returns to work for 1st time

Posted at 5:05 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 19:28:48-04

KOKOMO, Ind. -- A Howard County Sheriff's sergeant shot while serving a warrant in March returned to work this week for the first time since he was wounded.

Sgt. Jordan Buckley was shot while he and fellow Deputy Carl Koontz were attempting to serve a warrant on 25-year-old Evan Dorsey.

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Koontz was fatally wounded in the shooting. Dorsey was later found dead in his trailer of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.


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Buckley was shot in the thigh. The bullet traveled into his other leg, but missed vital organs. After six weeks in rehabilitation, Buckley returned to work on Monday.

He said he doesn't remember much of what happened that night.

"When you get into those kinds of events, your body shuts down certain things and focuses on other events occurring," Buckley said.

While still in physical therapy, the nine-year veteran of the department has been cleared for full duty. The department is still mourning the loss of one of its own, and amazed at the public outpouring for the fallen deputy who left a wife and young son.

"Jordan has continued to stand tall during this ordeal," said Sheriff Steve Rogers. "He's been willing to talk to the public and press. The community came out so much for this ordeal."

Buckley said he believes the best therapy for him is returning to work.

"It's something that's going to stay with us," Buckley said. "It will be in the back of our minds. Moving forward, we'll keep his memory and carry forward with us."