STERLING, Kan. — A man suspected in the 2015
disappearance of his girlfriend shot and critically wounded a Kansas
undersheriff who attempted to arrest him on a federal firearm charge,
then killed his own father and shot a sheriff in the leg before killing
himself during a standoff, authorities said Tuesday.
of Investigation senior special agent Steve Rosebrough identified the
dead during a news conference as David Madden, a 37-year-old former
Marine, and his father, 65-year-old Thomas Madden.
David Madden was indicted last week for illegal possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, federal court records show.
spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said Undersheriff Chad Murphy, 48, was
aware that Madden was wanted on the federal charge when he attempted to
stop Madden in his car near the small town of Sterling around 5:10 p.m.
Madden, who had a woman and child in the car with him, then shot Murphy four times, including once in the neck, KBI said.
was flown to a hospital in critical condition and Madden fled. Sterling
is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Wichita.
then drove the three of them to his home in Alden to retrieve weapons,
then the three of them traveled a couple of miles more to his father's
home near Raymond, Rosebrough said.
Madden apparently killed his
father before Sheriff Bryant Evans, 53, and a deputy arrived around 5:40
p.m. The sheriff was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with
Madden and was taken to a hospital in good condition.
Law enforcement subsequently surrounded the home. They found Thomas Madden's body first and his son's around midnight.
said it is unclear whether the woman and child accompanied Madden
willingly. The woman, who left the house before David Madden was killed,
has been located and is being interviewed. Rosebrough didn't know the
relationship between Madden, the woman and child.
U.S. Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman John Ham said it's
searching the home for explosives, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
had been under investigation in the disappearance of 22-year-old Megan
Renee Foglesong, of Oneida, Illinois, who was last seen in Rice County
in 2015. Former Rice County Undersheriff Brian Treaster told KAKE-TV in
February that there have been six large searches for Foglesong and some
small ones, too. He said previously that foul play was suspected, but
didn't say why.
KBI searches of Madden's home in early 2017 led to
the discovery of two wooden crates containing two dozen pipe bombs,
each wrapped with baling wire and black tape, and an AK-47 assault rifle
that had been stashed under his bed. Madden told KBI agents that he
found the weapon in Fallujah, Iraq, while he was stationed there.
weapon possession charges were not filed against Madden until earlier
this month. It was unclear why there was a filing delay in the federal
Madden was also listed as an absconder from a program that
supervises felony offenders. A Kansas Department of Corrections
spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone message, and online
records provided no details about why he was listed as an absconder.