One sheriff’s deputy killed, another critical after shooting outside Kansas courthouse

16 June, 2018, 15:04 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • Two people killed in officer-involved shooting in downtown Kansas City

Two deputies were shot this morning as they were transferring inmates from the Wyandotte County Jail to a hearing in the court services building across the street, in the 800 block of North 7th Street.

Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy Patrick Rohrer was shot and killed in Kansas City, Kansas, June 15, 2018. The suspect was also shot and was being treated at the same hospital, Bailiff said.

"It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot", Bailiff said.

Chief Terry Zeigler with the Kansas City, Kan.

Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, was taken to a hospital where he later died, the Kansas City police said.

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The suspect in the case was shot and was in surgery at KU Hospital, according to officials. No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with these deputies and their families, and to all of our brothers and sisters with the Wyandotte County [KS] Sheriff's Office", the DEA's office tweeted.

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer responded to the shooting Friday afternoon. Rohrer had been on the force for seven years, the Wyandotte County Sheriff's office said.

She said there is no other danger to the public. Police Officer Zac Blair said authorities were reviewing surveillance video.

Bailiff said out of respect for family members, no names are being released.

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Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith has defended the officers involved in both incidents, calling the shootings "unfortunate" but insisting the cops "did what they thought was necessary".

He says no other suspects are being sought in the shooting.

The deputies haven't been identified yet, but we know a male deputy died and a female deputy is in critical condition.

The shooting happened before 11:20 a.m. Friday.

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