Sheriff: 1 deputy killed, another wounded in Kansas

Collage of Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer killed following shooting

Collage of Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer killed following shooting

Rohrer had been on the force for seven years. Terry Zeigler, the police chief of Kansas City, Kansas, said at a news conference on Saturday that as far as he knew, the man was in stable condition. He was charged with murder in a separate case, also allegedly in December.

A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday night in Kansas to memorialize the two sheriff's deputies who were shot and killed when an inmate overpowered them outside a courthouse.

Two sheriff's deputies were fatally shot when an inmate overpowered them near a Kansas courthouse on Friday, officials said.

King was a 13-year veteran of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office.

The inmate was being transported across the street from the jail to the services building for a court hearing, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Maj. Lyon County Undersheriff John Koelsch says inmate transfer situations carry an inherent danger.

Authorities said it was too early in the investigation to publicly detail how the shootings could have happened. Bailiff said she was not sure whether the suspect was shot by one of the deputies or someone else who responded to the incident. Kansas City detective Brad Lancaster was shot during a pursuit in May 2016. Bailiff said the second inmate, who was not identified, was unharmed.

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In 2015, Wyandotte County Deputy Scott Wood was shot seven times but survived. Police Officer Zac Blair said authorities were reviewing surveillance video.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Police say two Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies have been shot near the county courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

Charges have not yet been formally filed with the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer was briefed on the shooting as he arrived at Children's Mercy Park for a congressional forum hosted by the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, The Kansas City Star reported.

"We continue to pray for our brothers and sister with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department as we lose our sister this morning".

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