Second deputy dies in shooting in Kansas

Charlene Craig
June 17, 2018

"This incident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, who is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- TIPS (8477)", a sheriff's office statement said.

Two sheriff's deputies in Kansas were killed in the line of duty on Friday as they transported an inmate from jail to a court hearing.

Earlier Friday Deputy Patrick Rohrer died shortly after the shooting at KU Med from his injuries, authorities said. "Praying for Wyandotte County!" the Kansas City Police Department wrote on Facebook following King's passing. She was pronounced dead about 12 hours later, just after midnight on Saturday. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when he got out of van, he somehow overtook and shot the deputies, Bailiff said. Police spokesman Zac Blair said authorities will be reviewing surveillance video.

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"This is a courthouse building, there is video".

Bailiff conceded that Wyandotte County's law enforcement agencies are reeling from a series of tragedies, including the shooting death of Kansas City, Kan., police detective Brad Lancaster in May 2016 and the shooting death of Kansas City, Kan., police captain Robert Melton in June 2016.

'Our hearts break for our brothers and sisters at Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office as well as for the loved ones of the deputies shot today, one of whom has died. Kelli Bailiff says the suspect also was wounded in the shooting late Friday morning. They didn't give any details Saturday as to his condition.

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In 2015, Wyandotte County Deputy Scott Wood was shot seven times but survived.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer was briefed on the shooting as he arrived at Children's Mercy Park for a congressional forum hosted by the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, The Kansas City Star reported.

John Garcia said he was just leaving the courthouse when he heard gunshots, and he and others were quickly told to go back inside.

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