Slain Kansas deputies were both parents

Hugh Fox
June 17, 2018

Police say the deputies were transporting inmates to the courthouse for a court hearing when they were "overcome" in the parking lot of the gated transport office.

A second Kansas City, Kansas sheriff's deputy died Saturday from injuries suffered after an inmate being transported to court overpowered her and another deputy and shot them, possibly with their own weapons.

"It is very possible that with their own firearm - they were both shot", she said. Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, was taken to a hospital where he later died, Kansas City police said.

In a statement, David Alvey, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, said the city is saddened by the "senseless shootings" of the deputies.

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Bailiff said a credit union fund will be set up soon for people to donate to help the families of the slain deputies, and that information will be provided publicly later. Police spokesman Zac Blair said authorities will be reviewing surveillance video. Video from the scene showed the courthouse surrounded by yellow police tape, several police vehicles parked in the street and numerous uniformed law enforcement officers walking the grounds.

Bailiff conceded that Wyandotte County's law enforcement agencies are reeling from a series of tragedies, including the shooting death of Kansas City, Kan., police detective Brad Lancaster in May 2016 and the shooting death of Kansas City, Kan., police captain Robert Melton in June 2016. Kelli Bailiff said during a news conference Friday at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Bailiff said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger. No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) was told of the shooting on Friday as he arrived for a forum in Kansas City.

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Wyandotte County sheriff's spokeswoman Maj.

Authorities have identified the Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy who died Friday after he and another deputy were shot while transporting an inmate.

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

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