At approximately 7 am Thursday morning a 911 call came into Wabash County Central Dispatch with a report of domestic violence at 294 E. Maple St., Wabash, Indiana on the corner of East Maple and North Spring Streets. When police arrived on scene, they found William Sendelbach outside with a firearm. Sendelbach allegedly fired a shotgun at the responding officers, striking Sargent Nick Brubaker in the leg. Officers then returned fire, shooting Sendelbach several times. Upon further investigation, Sendelbach’s 10-year-old son was found stabbed, allegedly by his father, and was transported to Riley Children’s hospital with life-threatening conditions. Brubaker, a 23-year Wabash Police veteran, was transported to Parkview Wabash Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Sendelbach was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital, but there is no update on his condition. Captain Matt A. Benson, Wabash City Police Public Information Officer, said the Indiana State Police are conducting the investigation. On scene were Wabash Police, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Wabash Fire Department, and Wabash County Emergency Management Agency.
UPDATE: Wabash Police report that it was Sargent Nick Brubaker and Patrol Officer Dan Henderson who shot Sendelbach. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until after the completion of the preliminary investigation.
Indiana State Police report that Sendelbach had surgery and that his son is in grave condition.
O J Neighbors school in Wabash reports that it is their student, Kaydan Sendelbach, who is the victim. They will be holding a candle light vigil on Sunday at 7:30 pm in the North parking lot of O J Neighbors school. Attendees are asked to wear masks.