KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shootings of two Kansas sheriff’s deputies by an inmate they were transporting (all times local):
Authorities say two Kansas deputies who were fatally shot while transporting an inmate between jail and a court hearing both leave behind children.
Wyandotte County sheriff’s Maj. Kelli Bailiff said at a news conference Saturday that 44-year-old sheriff’s Deputy Theresa King had three children and 35-year-old Deputy Patrick Rohrer had two.
Terry Zeigler, the police chief of Kansas City, Kansas, said he couldn’t release the name of the inmate suspected of shooting them Friday because he hasn’t been charged. The inmate was also shot, and Zeigler said the last he heard, he was in stable condition.
Authorities say the inmate apparently overpowered the deputies in a gated area behind the Kansas City, Kansas, courthouse and shot the deputies — possibly with one of their own guns.
Zeigler says the deputies were taking the inmate from the courthouse back to jail, not the other way around, as police initially reported.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in front of City Hall.
— A second sheriff’s deputy has died after being shot while an inmate was being transported to a Kansas City courthouse.
Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed that 44-year-old Deputy Theresa King died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate overpowered the two deputies.
The shooting happened Friday as an unidentified inmate was being moved. Police say it is possible that King and the other slain deputy, 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer, were shot with their own firearm, but police gave no other details.
Both officers were with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department. King had 13 years of service and Rohrer had been with the department for seven years.
Authorities have identified the Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy who died Friday after he and another deputy were shot while transporting an inmate.
Kansas City, Kansas, police say 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer died at the Kansas Medical Center from his injuries. He had worked for the department for seven years.
The injured female deputy underwent surgery. Her condition was not available.
The suspect also was shot and was operated on at the hospital. His condition also was not released.
Authorities say the two deputies were transporting the inmate to a hearing in downtown Kansas City when the suspect somehow got ahold of a weapon. The investigation into the shooting is continuing.
A sheriff’s deputy was killed and another was critically wounded Friday when an inmate being transported to a court hearing in Kansas somehow got ahold of a weapon and shot them, authorities said.
The suspect was also injured during the confrontation in a gated area behind a court services building across the street from the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. The wounded officer and the suspect were undergoing surgeries Friday afternoon.
The inmate was being transported across the street from the jail to the services building for a court hearing, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Maj. Kelli Bailiff. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when the inmate got out of van, he somehow overtook and shot the deputies, possibly with their own guns, Bailiff said.
Authorities haven’t released the deputies’ names or length of service with the department. They also said it was too early in the investigation to give specific details of how the shootings could have happened. Video from the scene shows the courthouse surrounded by yellow police tape, several police vehicles parked in the street and numerous uniformed law enforcement officers walking the grounds.
Bailiff said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger.
The investigation is being handled by the Kansas City Police Department. Police spokesman Zac Blair said authorities will be reviewing surveillance video.
Authorities say one sheriff’s deputy is dead and another is critically wounded after they were overcome by an inmate while driving a transport vehicle near the Wyandotte County courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.
Wyandotte County sheriff’s spokeswoman Maj. Kelli Bailiff says the suspect also was wounded in the shooting late Friday morning. He’s undergoing surgery.
No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.
Bailiff says it’s possible the deputies were overcome with their own weapons.
Bailiff says the investigation is now being handled by the police department in Kansas City, Kansas. Police Officer Zac Blair says authorities are reviewing surveillance video.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police say two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies have been shot and wounded near the county courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, and a suspect also was hurt.
Police Officer Zac Blair says the shooting happened Friday.
Blair says the wounded have been taken to the University of Kansas Hospital.
He referred questions about their conditions to the sheriff’s department, which hasn’t returned a phone message.
He says no other suspects are being sought in the shooting.
Details of what led to the shootings have not been released.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police say two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies have been shot near the county courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.
Local news outlets are reporting that the shooting occurred about 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The conditions of the deputies’ are unknown. Details of what led to the shootings are not yet available.
Working major incident in the 800 block of North 7th, details unclear at this time.
— Terry Zeigler (@KCKPDChief) June 15, 2018
Police Chief Terry Zeigler said on Twitter that the department is working a major incident but provided no further details.