Candlelight vigil to memorialize 2 deputies shot dead when inmate overpowered them

Theresa King                        Kansas City Kansas Police Department  Facebook

Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the shooting on Friday (June 15). Fellow deputy Patrick Rohrer died Friday afternoon.

On Friday, both deputies of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office were transported to the University of Kansas Hospital.

Police say the suspect had also been shot and underwent surgery, but the status of his condition is unknown.

"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)", the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said.

"These were two bright and intelligent, wonderful personalities", Bailiff said of her fallen colleagues.

Deputy Theresa King, 44, served the department for 13 years, the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said.

A spokesman for Wyandotte County, Edwin Birch, previously told CNN the shooting occurred inside the court services building, and that a juvenile had also been shot.

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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. "It's a tremendous, great loss to our agency". Kelli Bailiff. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when the inmate got out of van, he somehow overtook and shot the deputies, possibly with their own guns, Bailiff said.

Bailiff said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger.

Kansas City, Kansas has dealt with other officer shootings in the recent years.

"It seems like Wyandotte County has really been hit hard recently", Bailiff told reporters.

The shooting happened Friday as an unidentified inmate was being moved.

The officials declined to go into more specifics about how the shooting happened, though Bailiff said the deputies had "followed proper procedure".

Wyandotte County sheriff's spokeswoman Maj.

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