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Wabash man who stabbed his son and shot officer has died

The Wabash father who stabbed his 10-year-old son to death has died.


Two and a half weeks ago, on Oct. 8, Wabash police were called to a home at 294 E. Maple St. for a report of domestic abuse. When they got there, they found William Sendelbach, 32, armed and waiting for them. Sendelbach fired a shot into a police officer’s leg, causing police to shoot Sendelbach several times.


When police went inside Sendelbach’s home, they found his son, 10-year-old Kayden Sendelbach, with a 10-inch knife in his head. He died in the hospital on Oct. 10.


Inside the home, investigators also found pentagrams drawn on the floor that Sendelbach called “Devil traps.” Wabash County Prosecutor Bill Hartley says Sendelbach had a “fascination with the Devil.”


During a Monday press conference, Wabash County Prosecutor Bill Hartley Jr. said William Sendelbach died in a Fort Wayne hospital Saturday. He faced one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, as well as the possibility of life without parole.


According to Hartley, Sendelbach was interviewed at the hospital shortly before his death. He acknowledged what he did was wrong but was “not overly remorseful.” He gave no clear reason as to why he killed his son.


The Wabash officers that shot and killed William, Sergeant Nick Brubaker and Officer Daniel Henderson, were cleared in the shooting. It was found they were justified when shooting back at William, so they will face no criminal charges in his death.