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Howard Co. going blue for Deputy Koontz

Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 22, 2016

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Families across Howard County are paying tribute to Deputy Carl Koontz this week by clearing store shelves of blue lights.

Koontz was shot and killed Sunday morning while serving a warrant. Another officer, Sgt. Jordan Buckley, was also shot, but survived.

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The outpouring of supports for Koontz has been so great, stores like Lowe's say they're struggling to keep them in stock.

"[We've sold] a couple hundred, and we've pulled those from neighboring stores," said assistant store manager Jeff Stevens. "Our store in Carmel has been gracious enough to send everything they have, and we've been looking at other stores in the state of Indiana now just to bring product in."

Store managers have even reached out to reps from headquarters in North Carolina about getting more lights delivered to meet the need.

A visitation for Koontz will be held Monday from 1-7 p.m. at Northwestern High School. Funeral arrangements were set for the following day at 11 a.m., also at the high school.

Burial will follow at Albright Cemetery in Kokomo.

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