Kansas, 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.
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
is very possible that with their own firearm, they were both shot,"
Wyandotte County sheriff's Maj. Kelli Bailiff said during a news
conference Friday at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Rohrer had been with the department for seven years and King for 13 years.
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.
said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger. Video
from the scene showed the courthouse surrounded by yellow police tape,
several police vehicles parked in the street and numerous uniformed law
enforcement officers walking the grounds.
Kansas City, Kansas has dealt with other officer shootings in the recent years.
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.