Governor orders state flags to half-staff for slain deputy

Officers line the streets as Carl Koontz's body is moved. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has directed flags at state government facilities across Indiana be flown at half-staff immediately to honor a central Indiana sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.

Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz died at an Indianapolis hospital after being shot about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at a mobile home in Russiaville, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis.

Pence says flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Koontz’s funeral. He also asks businesses to lower their flags to half-staff to honor Koontz’s service and sacrifice.

Pence says he and first lady Karen Pence extend their condolences and prayers to Koontz’s family, friends and the law enforcement community of Howard County. Koontz was married and had a young son. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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