Man who killed son, shot officer in Wabash has Died

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Wabash man who killed his 10-year-old son then shot a police officer in the leg has died.

Prosecutors yesterday said 32-year-old William Sendelbach died in the hospital on Saturday. He spent more than two weeks in the hospital after officers shot him during that shootout earlier this month. Sendelbach was facing murder charges for his son’s death.

Prosecutors are not offering a specific motive for the boy’s murder.

Indiana State Police released the following after a press conference was held on Monday:

“Monday at 9:00 a.m., Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley Jr conducted a press conference to provide information into the October 8, 2020 stabbing death of 10-year old Kayden Sendelbach and subsequent police involved shooting.

During the press conference it was revealed, on Saturday, William Sendelbach died at a Ft Wayne hospital. William Sendelbach had been charged with the murder of his son, Kayden Sendelbach. He also faced two counts of attempted murder. One charge for allegedly firing gunshots at an occupied garbage truck and a second charge for shooting Wabash Police Sergeant Nick Brubaker in the right leg.

An autopsy has been scheduled for William Sendelbach. He had multiple bullet wounds as the result of an October 8, 2020 shooting. On that date, Sendelbach shot a Mossberg shotgun at Wabash Police officers. One of his rounds hit Sergeant Brubaker in the leg. Brubaker and Wabash Police Officer Daniel Henderson returned gunshots in defense of their lives.

Prosecutor Hartley revealed that Officer Henderson and Sergeant Brubaker were justified when they returned gunfire at Sendelbach. They will not face any criminal charges.

Sergeant Brubaker has recovered from his injury and returned to duty.”