Two Kansas City Sheriff's Deputies Dead Following Shooting

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Two Kansas City Sheriff's Deputies Dead Following Shooting

Wyandotte County sheriff's Maj. 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.

Rohrer, 35, was with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office for 17 years and King, 44, was a 14-year veteran. He also says he doesn't know if the woman had left the shed or was still inside when she was shot.

An inmate shot and killed two sheriff's deputies in broad daylight Friday while they were transporting him from a Kansas City jail to a courthouse across the street for a hearing, authorities say.

Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the shooting on Friday.

The male deputy, Patrick Rohrer, was also shot and died at the hospital Friday. He was 35-years-old and had seven years of service.

The other inmate was not injured in the shooting.

Koelsch says the Lyon County Sheriff's Office studies violent incidents against law enforcement nationwide so staffers can stay as safe as possible. Rohrer had been on the force for seven years.

King had three children, Bailiff said, and Rohrer had two.

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.

The deputies appeared to follow proper procedure as they transported two prisoners, she said.

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). Bailiff said the second inmate, who was not identified, was unharmed.

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