Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Two Kansas City Sheriff's Deputies Dead Following Shooting

Two Kansas City Sheriff's Deputies Dead Following Shooting

Kansas City Mayor David Alvey said the vigil, which will take place in front of City Hall at 8 p.m. local time, will be the start of a long and trying healing process for the community of Wyandotte County, which just two years ago mourned two police officers who also was fatally shot.

Officials identified the deputies that died in the shooting as Patrick Rohrer, 35, and Theresa King, 44. Rohrer had been on the force for seven years.

The two Wyandotte County Deputies were shot on Friday at 11:15 a.m.as they were moving detainees from the jail to court hearings.

Bailiff said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger.

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.

Two Kansas City officers were shot and killed within less than three months in 2016. They didn't give any details Saturday as to his condition.


Authorities are not looking for any other suspects in connection to the incident.

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. There is surveillance video of the scene, Blair added.

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

The Fraternal Order of Police in Kansas City, Kansas, said in a statement: 'We are praying for our friends at the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Officer, their families, friends and our entire blue family.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) was told of the shooting on Friday as he arrived for a forum in Kansas City. Zeigler said the last he heard, he was in stable condition. Capt. Robert Melton was slain in July while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting.

Video cameras on the building have footage that will be reviewed, and all Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies also have body cameras.

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