Deputy Robert Kunze, 41, had nearly handcuffed the suspect when the suspect turned on him
Duty Death: Robert Kunze - [Sedgwick County , Kansas]
End of Service: 09/16/2018
Yesterday at 10:43 AM
By Brianna Childers The Topeka Capital-Journal
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. — The Sedgwick
County Sheriff's Office has identified a deputy that was killed in a
Deputy Robert Kunze, 41, was shot Sunday while he was responding to a call involving a suspicious person.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Sunday night and posted a live feed on its Facebook page.
Around 1:20 p.m., Kunze responded to a call of a suspicious person near the 5300 block of N. 295th, in Wichita.
arrival, Kunze approached the suspicious person and after patting him
down, he found a weapon in the suspect's waistband, said Sheriff Jeff
A fight ensued when Kunze attempted to handcuff the suspect, according to witnesses at the scene.
At 1:48 p.m. Kunze pushed his emergency button and said he had been shot.
A second deputy arrived on the scene and found the suspect laying face down in the ditch and Kunze laying next to him.
Kunze was transported to Via Christi Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Easter.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Easter said deputies do not currently have an identification of the suspect.
believe that the suspect was tied to three other cases that occurred
within 24 hours of the shooting, including a stolen handgun and two
"On a personal note, we will always remember him
for his smile, his contagious laughter and his ability to engage anyone
and everyone in conversation," Easter said. "Deputy Kunze will be
absolutely missed and we ask for you to please pray for him and his
The Topeka Police Department sent condolences to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.
lost another law enforcement officer today in the line of duty," Topeka
police officials said in a tweet. "Please keep the fallen deputy's
family and friends in your thoughts."
Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said in a tweet that he was also sending his thoughts and prayers to Sedgwick County.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt released a statement in regards to Kunze's death.
tragic line-of-duty death today of Deputy Robert Kunze reminds all
Kansans once again of the dangerous but indispensable public service
given by law enforcement officers each and every day," Schmidt said.
"Our prayers go out for Deputy Kunze's family and for all the men and
women of Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office at this difficult and