Second deputy dies in shooting in Kansas

Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, died Friday.

In a statement, David Alvey, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, said the city is saddened by the "senseless shootings" of the deputies.

The deputies were shot on Friday after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said the Kansas City Police Department is investigating the incident and the accompanying surveillance footage.

Both Rohrer and King were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer later died.

Fielder was a free man until this February when he was charged with a different murder in Kansas City, Missouri from 2017. King had been with the department for 13 years and was also part of the court transport division.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) was told of the shooting on Friday as he arrived for a forum in Kansas City. Rohrer, 35, had been with the department for seven years.

King had three children, Bailiff said, and Rohrer had two. Kansas City detective Brad Lancaster was shot during a pursuit in May 2016. He may have used one of the deputies' own guns to shoot them during a struggle after he got out of the van, authorities said.

A candlelight vigil will be held for both deputies at the city hall on Sunday, June 17 at 8:00p.m. Lyon County Undersheriff John Koelsch says inmate transfer situations carry an inherent danger.

"The protocol has been in place for a long time and from what I observed and from what I believe the investigation will show is they followed proper procedure", she said of the deputies. Bailiff said the second inmate, who was not identified, was unharmed.

  • Rogelio Becker