Trooper Courtney was shot and killed after responding to a call of shots being fired at a farm. When he arrived he found a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy inside the farmhouse. As Trooper Courtney approached the house, the 14 year old suspect shot and killed him with a shotgun. The suspect then shot and wounded the farmhouse owner and escaped. Both suspects were later arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison. Both suspects were later paroled. Trooper Courtney had been with the agency for four months and on the streets for only one month.