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Second Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting by inmate, officials say

Second Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting by inmate, officials say
Evidence markers dot the pavement just outside the Wyandotte County Courthouse on Friday after the shooting. (Rich Sugg / Associated Press)

A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City, Kan., overpowered two officers and shot them, according to officials.

Kansas City, Kan., police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the shooting on Friday. Officer Patrick Rohrer, 35, died earlier.

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The inmate was also shot during the confrontation in a gated area near the Wyandotte County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital. His condition was not known. Investigators said the inmate may have grabbed a weapon from one of the deputies during a struggle after he got out of a van late Friday morning.

“It is very possible that with their own firearm, they were both shot,” Wyandotte County Sheriff's Maj. Kelli Bailiff said at a news conference Friday at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Rohrer had been with the department for seven years and King for 13 years.

Officer Patrick Rohrer, 35.
Officer Patrick Rohrer, 35. (Wyandotte County Sheriff's Dept. / TNS)

Bailiff said the inmate was being taken across the street from the jail, to the services building, for a court hearing. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when he got out of the van, he somehow overpowered and shot the deputies, Bailiff said.

Kansas City, Kan., has dealt with other officer shootings in recent years.

Two Kansas City officers were shot and killed within less than three months in 2016. Capt. Robert Melton was slain in July while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting. Melton was part of the police honor guard for Det. Brad Lancaster, who was fatally shot earlier in 2016 near the Kansas Speedway.

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

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