Boy dies from injuries in stabbing by father in Wabash

Last Thursday, detectives working from the Indiana State Police Peru Post initiated an investigation into a police officer involved shooting and an alleged stabbing of 10-year-old Kayden Sendelbach. The purported stabbing has now turned into a murder investigation as Kayden died Saturday at 6:28 a.m. An autopsy is pending.


The suspect in the police shooting, William Sendelbach, 32, is expected to survive his injuries. William Sendelbach was hit by multiple bullets when Wabash police officers returned fire because he was allegedly shooting a shotgun at them. Wabash Police Sergeant Nick Brubaker was hit in the leg with a round allegedly fired by Sendelbach. Brubaker is expected to make a full recovery.


No further information will be released at this time.



Wabash – The Indiana State Police, at the request of the Wabash Police Department, is investigating a police officer involved shooting in which a Wabash Police Department sergeant was injured.


The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police detectives revealed that today at approximately 7:02 a.m., officers from the Wabash Police Department were dispatched to a family disturbance at a home on 294 East Maple Street, Wabash, IN. When officers arrived, they were met with gunfire from a shotgun that William Sendelbach, 32, was purportedly shooting. Wabash Police Department Sergeant Nick Brubaker was shot in the leg. Officers shot back with their issued Sig Sauer 9mm handguns. Sendelbach was struck by multiple bullets. 


Sgt. Brubaker was transported to a local hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. Sendelbach was flown, via medical helicopter, to a Ft. Wayne hospital. His condition is unknown.


Evidence revealed, prior to officers arriving at the Maple Street home, Sendelbach had allegedly shot at an occupied garbage truck that was making morning rounds. The driver was not injured.


Further investigation revealed that during the family disturbance, 10-year-old Kayden Sendelbach was stabbed with a knife. Kayden was flown to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with life threatening injuries. William Sendelbach is suspected of injuring Kayden. William is Kayden’s father. He has not been charged at this time.


This is an ongoing investigation. No further information will be released at this time.

Upon completion of the investigation, information will be forwarded to the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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