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Indiana police officer wounded responding to stabbing of 10-year-old

Police said the suspect, William Sendelbach, 32, was waiting for them outside with a shotgun and opened fire on officers.
Credit: Indiana State Police
A Wabash City Police officer was wounded responding to a domestic incident call on Oct. 8, 2020.

WABASH, Ind. — Indiana State Police are investigating after a Wabash City Police officer was wounded responding to a domestic call and a 10-year-old was stabbed.

According to police, they received a 911 call for a domestic incident at 294 E. Maple Street around 7 a.m. While heading to the home, officers learned the suspect William Sendelbach, 32, was outside in front of the home with a gun.

When officers arrived, they said Sendelbach fired multiple rounds from a shotgun at them and hit Sgt. Nick Brubaker, a 23-year veteran, in the leg. Brubaker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers returned fire on Sendelbach and hit him multiple times. He was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne and his condition is unknown.

Officers then found Sendelbach's wife and son had escaped out of the house and the 10-year-old son had been stabbed multiple times by his father. The boy was flown to Riley Hospital for Children with life-threatening injuries. State Police say 10-year-old Kayden Sendelbach died Saturday morning. 

Credit: Indiana State Police
Indiana State Police are investigating after a Wabash City Police officer was wounded while responding to a domestic incident on Oct. 8, 2020.

Evidence later determined Sendelbach had also fired shots at an occupied garbage truck that was making its regular rounds. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Sendelbach has not yet been charged in the case.