Shawnee Dispatch

2 Deputy Killed In Kansas City, Kan.

June 16, 2018

Story updated: 9:56 a.m., June 16, 2018

Two sheriff's deputies have died after a shooting near the county courthouse in Kansas City, Kan.

Police say a male and female deputy from the Wyandotte County sheriff's department were shot around 11:30 a.m. as they transported prisoners from the jail to the court services building.

Authorities say the deputies were overcome by an inmate while driving a transport vehicle. A sheriff's department spokeswoman said the deputies may have been shot with their own weapons.

The Kansas City Star reports that Patrick Rohrer, 35, was the first slain deputy. He had been with the sheriff's department for seven years. He died of his injuries at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Sources confirmed to the Dispatch that Rohrer, of Olathe, was a 2001 Shawnee Mission Northwest High School graduate. He grew up in Lenexa.

The second slain deputy was identified by the Kansas City, Kan. police department as Theresa King, a 44-year-old with 13 years of service. She died early Saturday morning after being in critical condition at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Wyandotte County sheriff's spokeswoman Maj. Kelli Bailiff says the suspect also was wounded in the shooting.

No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.

Police say they are not looking for any other suspects. Details of what led to the shootings are not yet available.

Bailiff says the investigation is now being handled by the police department in Kansas City, Kan. Police Officer Zac Blair says authorities are reviewing surveillance video.

This is a developing story.

-Dispatch news editor Jennifer Bhargava contributed to this story

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