KOKOMO, Ind. (March 22, 2016)- The family of the suspected gunman who killed Deputy Carl Koontz is talking about the man behind the mugshot.
Investigators say 25-year-old Evan Dorsey shot and killed Howard County Deputy Koontz before taking his own life.
“I just want people to know that he’s not as bad as everyone thinks he is,” said Kasandra Dorsey.
Just after midnight Sunday morning, Deputy Koontz and Sergeant Buckley were serving a warrant at a Russiaville trailer where Dorsey was staying. Officers went inside when Dorsey didn’t respond and then gunshots were fired.
Buckley was shot, but survived. Kootnz died from a gunshot wound to the pelvis. Investigators say Dorsey died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“I don’t condone what happened. I don’t condone my brother’s actions I don’t want to stand here and say I know what was going through his head,” said Kasandra.
Kasandra chooses not to remember her older brother as a criminal.
“(He was a) crazy, fun-loving person that was passionate especially about music and the people around him that he cared about the most,” she said.
Dorsey had a lengthy criminal history that started back in 2008 and stretched throughout five counties. The majority of the offenses were drug-related.
Howard County deputies had an arrest and search warrant on Dorsey for failing to appear in court and possession of a syringe.
“He was getting everything in order and living the best life he knew how to for him and I was happy for him for it,” said Kasandra.
Kasandra says the mugshot doesn't represent her brother but understands the crime tape, the bullet holes and the tragedy is the reality.
“The easiest way to sum it up is hell. There’s no easy way to explain what’s going on and what’s going through everyone’s minds,” she said.
Kasandra apologized to the families impacted by her brother’s actions.
“No matter which way you slice this it was a tragedy and there’s no easy way going about it,” said Kasandra.
Kasandra said her family has not yet been in contact with the Buckley or Koontz families. She says her family is still trying to get a handle on what happened.