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Former Indy Homeland Security Chief Gary Koons Dies

Police say he was found in his home. He had been battling Parkinson's disease.

INDIANAPOLIS-- Gary Coons, former Chief of Homeland Security for the City of Indianapolis, has died.

Coons, 46, was found dead at his home Sunday morning following a 13-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

He was best known for leading the city's response to the fatal Richmond Hill explosion in November 2012. He was also in charge of security for Super Bowl XLVI.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has released the following statement on Coons' death:

"Gary was a tireless public servant and Indianapolis is a safer place because of his decades of leadership. I would ask that our community join Steph and I in expressing our deepest sympathies and heartfelt gratitude to Blake, Bailey, and the entire Coons family."

Indy Metro Police Chief Bryan Roach also offered the Coons family his condolences.

"Today our Community lost a dedicated public safety colleague. We send our prayers and thoughts to the Coons family for comfort, strength and understanding during this difficult time," Roach said.

Funeral arrangements for Coons have not been announced.


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