March 20, 2016
Russiaville, IN – A pair of law enforcement officers were shot early Sunday morning while serving two ‘drug-related’ search warrants. According to ABC News, one of the search warrants was for “Possession of a Syringe.” It is unclear at this time what the other warrant was for.
Deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley allegedly entered the central Indiana home after announcing themselves and receiving no answer from the homeowner(s). According to the Howard County Sheriff’s Department, both officers were met with gunfire upon entering the home.
Tragically, Deputy Koontz, was pronounced dead after being mediflighted from the scene of the “gunfight.” Sgt. Buckley was also air-lifted to receive medical care, and is reported to be alive. SWAT teams from multiple police agencies raided the home after a two-hour stand-off to find the suspect dead in the home. Whether or not the suspect was killed by police, or took his own life, is yet to be determined.
Several years ago, Indiana took action to
“recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”
This controversial law essentially legalized the shooting of police officers for unlawfully entering a citizen’s property. The heavily militarized tactics employed during the state’s war on drugs have long been questionable.1
In this case, the unintended consequences of the drug war are on full display. Unfortunately, cops around the country continue to enforce failed laws that have proven to only endanger law enforcement officers without reward for deterring drug use. Police agencies gear up in military vehicles, and use military weaponry and tactics to combat individual users and street level drug dealers, all because the underground market is ruled through the barrel of a gun.
It’s unfortunate to see America have to endure the same mistakes that were made during the prohibition of alcohol. More police officers were killed during prohibition than any other time in American history. If only more LEO’s would research Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a large group of current, former and retired cops who just say no to enforcing these failed laws.
Although it is unclear what the second warrant obtained by authorities may have been, it is unlikely that it was a high-risk felony warrant, since only Koontz and Buckley served it and not the entire Howard County Sheriff’s SWAT team.
Is the risk worth the reward?