Sheriff’s Deputies In Kansas Killed In Shooting While Transporting Inmate


The Kansas City Police Department says the two deputies were transporting prisoners around 11:30 a.m. when they were "overcome" and were shot.

Two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were shot and killed by an inmate while transporting him between the courthouse and jail were both parents, authorities said on Saturday. "It's sort of our own loss, that I hurt for the families of these other two individuals that were shot because I know how they were feeling", said Ginger Ewonus, Kelsey's mother.

The suspect, who has not been officially identified, was also shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition. 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.

After King's passing, the Kansas City Police posted to Facebook, saying, "We continue to pray for our brothers and sister with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department as we lose our sister this morning". King went to a nearby hospital and received treatment. Bailiff said she was not sure whether the suspect was shot by one of the deputies or someone else who responded to the incident.

Zeigler said the authorities were withholding the inmate's name until he's been formally charged, which is expected to happen next week.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday (June 17) in front of City Hall. Kelli Bailiff says the suspect also was wounded in the shooting late Friday morning.

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Bailiff said the deputies were following protocol when the deadly altercation occurred. They didn't give any details Saturday as to his condition.

Bailiff says the investigation is now being handled by the police department in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports that the shooting happened on Thursday afternoon in the north of the city.

Police Officer Zac Blair said authorities are reviewing surveillance video.

In 2015, Wyandotte County Deputy Scott Wood was shot seven times but survived. Looking out a window, he saw three people on the ground in a parking lot behind the building, Garcia told the Kansas City Star.