Deputy killed, another wounded in shooting in Kansas City

One of two Kansas officers shot during inmate transport dies

One of two Kansas officers shot during inmate transport dies

Two Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputies died after being shot Friday behind the county courthouse by an inmate who was being transferred, police said.

One of them said he heard gunfire, looked outside, and heard a woman screaming that her husband had been shot.

Kansas City police have fatally shot a woman who barricaded herself in a shed for hours after she was seen outside with a sword.

An inmate overpowered two sheriff's deputies while being transported to a Kansas City courthouse on Friday, resulting in a shooting that killed one deputy and critically wounded the other, authorities said.

Major Kelli Bailiff, with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, said the deputies were overcome and possibly shot with their own service weapon. The other deputy had not been identified as of Friday evening, but was in critical condition at the University of Kansas Hospital. That deputy's name has not been released. Police Officer Zac Blair says authorities are reviewing surveillance video.

Deputy Theresa King, 44, was also killed.

Bailiff said the incident occurred in a "caged" area outside of a courthouse, and that there was no danger to the community. 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.

"At first it looked like it was a harmless fight", witness Matthew Sinno said.

Kansas City, Kansas, police have taken over the investigation.

"Sending prayers to the officers, families and Wyandotte SO", the office said. Their conditions are unknown.

The Rev. Vernon Howard, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City, said he has many questions and isn't confident they will be answered by a police department investigation.

All Kansas City area Price Choppers will be able to accept donations by 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, June 16.

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