Second Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Following Shooting In Kansas

Posted June 17, 2018

Deputy Theresa King, 44, died from her injuries Saturday after being shot in the line of duty in Kansas City on Friday.

Fox News reports that a second Kansas City, KS police office has died after being shot Friday by a prisoner during inmate transportation.

Authorities said the inmate may have taken one of the deputies' guns and shot both of them.

The inmate was also shot and underwent surgery Friday.

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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Rohrer, 35, died shortly after the shooting.

"I will tell you these were two bright and intelligent, wonderful personalities", Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office Maj. Kelli Bailiff said. King, 44, died early on Saturday at a hospital. 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 also said the deputies were taking the inmate from the courthouse back to jail, not the other way around, as police initially reported.

She and Alvey said now is a time for the community to try to bond and heal, which can start at a candlelight vigil scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday in front of City Hall, 701 North 7th St.in downtown Kansas City, Kan. Video from the scene shows the courthouse surrounded by yellow police tape, several police vehicles parked in the street and numerous uniformed law enforcement officers walking the grounds. Kelli Bailiff said at the press conference.

"This incident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, who is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- TIPS (8477)", the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said.

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Bailiff said the deputies were following protocol when the deadly altercation occurred.

The Olathe Police Department, Raymore Police Department in Missouri and the Jackson County Sheriff's Officer in Missouri tweeted similar heartfelt messages. Police Officer Zac Blair says authorities are reviewing surveillance video.

In 2015, Wyandotte County Deputy Scott Wood was shot seven times but survived.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement he was "saddened" by the news.

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