Two deputies shot near Kansas City courthouse

Two deputies shot near Kansas City courthouse

The deputies, who have not been identified, were transporting inmates to the Wyandotte County courthouse located at 710 N Seventh Street when they were "overcome".

The suspect, who also was shot, was in surgery at the same hospital. One of the deputies died and the other is in critical condition. Police Capt. Lionel Colón says he doesn't know if the woman was armed when she was killed. Their names have not been released, but police say officers recovered a gun from one of the deceased men.

Both officers were transported to the University of Kansas Hospital where the surviving female officer remains in critical condition.

Lt. Kelli Bailiff with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said one of the deputies has succumbed to his injuries. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when he got out of van, he somehow overtook and shot the deputies, Bailiff said.

A suspect was reportedly shot during the incident and taken to an area hospital. Police Chief Rick Smith acknowledged it was unusual to have two deadly force incidents in such a short time span, given that Kansas City police typically count two to five fatal officer-involved shootings per year.

Both officers were with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department.

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Colón says he's "very confident it was a last-resort situation to ensure the safety of the public".

He's also been charged with murder, assault and armed criminal action in a December 2017 shooting in Kansas City, Missouri.

John Garcia - a witness who was in the courthouse services building during the shooting - told the paper he heard several shots in the parking lot behind the building and saw who was shot before he and others were taken back into the courtroom and later allowed to exit from the front.

"We gather here today with so many emotions coursing through our guts", Alvey said, noting that some of those are "feelings of anger and revenge toward the assailant".

The Rev. Howard said he learned about the police shootings after meeting the families of four people killed in a deadly police chase earlier this month.

Details of what led to the shooting have not been released.

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