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2 deputies shot dead when inmate overpowered them near courthouse

17 June, 2018, 19:36 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Theresa King                        Kansas City Kansas Police Department  Facebook

Rohrer had been on the force for seven years.

Bailiff said the investigation is now being handled by the police department in Kansas City. He was charged with murder in a separate case, also allegedly in December.

A candlelight vigil for the deputies was set to be held at 8pm on Sunday, in front of city hall.

Around 11:30 a.m., the deputies were shot in downtown Kansas City, courthouse and sheriff's office, near a transport bay while a suspect was being moved from court back to the jail. The two had a combined 20 years of service for the sheriff's department in Wyandotte County.

Bailiff said the investigation was now being handled by the police department in Kansas City. Both of them were parents, according to authorities.

Kelli Bailiff said at a news conference. "Praying for Wyandotte County!" Bailiff said she was not sure whether the suspect was shot by one of the deputies or someone else who responded to the incident.

Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy Patrick Rohrer was shot and killed in Kansas City, Kansas, June 15, 2018. Kansas City detective Brad Lancaster was shot during a pursuit in May 2016. Authorities aren't looking for any other suspects, Blair added.

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The shooting happened Friday as an unidentified inmate was being moved.

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

"It is very possible that with their own firearm, they were both shot", Wyandotte County sheriff's Maj.

The officials declined to go into more specifics about how the shooting happened, though Bailiff said the deputies had "followed proper procedure".

'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.

Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler did not share details about the shooting and told reporters that investigators are still speaking with witnesses.

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