KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Uniformed officers from across the nation gathered Thursday to remember two Kansas sheriff’s deputies who were shot and killed by an inmate while transporting him between the courthouse and jail.
Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash said Thursday during a joint service for Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer at a soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, that they “literally put their lives between a cold-blooded killer and the citizens they swore an oath to protect.
Authorities said an inmate apparently overpowered the deputies last Friday in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them, possibly with one of their own guns. Rohrer, who was 35 and was the father of two, died shortly after the shooting. King, who was 44 and a mother of three, died the next day. The suspect also was shot.
One of King’s children, Bailey, talked about her hard-working mother.
“Mom, this feels like a bad dream and I want to wake up,” Bailey said. “Everything you did, you did for us and I know being a single mom wasn’t easy. I know working 80 hours a week wasn’t ideal . . . but you did what needed to be done to make sure we were taken care of.”
King was supposed to be assigned to a school attended by another of her children as a resource officer in the fall.
Some mourners showed up in costume, including Star Wars characters, princesses and superheroes. Ron Coleman, who dressed as a Ghostbuster, said Rohrer participated in 17 of the last 19 Kansas City Comic Con conventions. He said Rohrer volunteered at Children’s Mercy Hospital dressed as Superman.
Maritza Gordillo, 27, who works as a protection order advocate at the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, described King as “assertive but also kind” and Rohrer as a kindhearted “jokester-geek.”
WYANDOTTE COUNTY —A joint funeral service for Wyandotte County Deputies Patrick Rhorer and Theresa King will be held at Children’s Mercy Park on Thursday at 8:30 am.
The ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, music played on pipes and drums and a flyover, according to the sheriff’s department.
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer ordered flags to be flown at half-staff state-wide from sun-up until sun-down on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in honor of the deputies.
King and Rohrer were fatally shot Friday. Authorities say they were killed by an inmate as they were preparing to leave the courthouse to return to jail after a hearing. King was 44 and had three children. Rohrer was 35 and was the father of two.
Anyone wishing to make cash donations to the Rohrer or King families can do so at the locations listed below. Each Deputy has a separate fund setup at the credit union. If someone wishes to make the donations at the Sheriff’s Office they will be accepted at the front desk (Sheriff Admin). We will take those donations to the bank daily. When donations are accepted it needs to be clearly identified as to which Deputy the money is to be credited to. Those writing checks should make the checks payable to one of the funds below.
Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union
Theresa King Memorial Fund or Patrick Rohrer Memorial Fund
2800 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127-0020
8320 North Brighton
Kansas City, MO 64119
19341 E US 40 Hwy, Ste A
Independence, MO 64055
9701 Marion Park Drive
Kansas City, MO 64137
Overland Park Branch
7721 W 123rd Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Message Max Sybrant the President of FOP Lodge 40 on Face Book at Wyandotte County Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 4o