Local concerns after Kansas City police kill 3

Two Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputies were likely shot Friday morning 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.

Authorities say police officers shot and killed three people in less than an hour in Kansas City, Missouri, raising concerns about police tactics.

Two Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office deputies and a suspect were shot outside the county courthouse, leading to the death of one deputy.

A sheriff's deputy was killed and another was critically wounded Friday when an inmate being transported to a court hearing in Kansas somehow got ahold of a weapon and shot them, authorities said.

"There are witnesses we are speaking with", Zac Blair, a spokesman for the KCK police department, told the paper. Patrick Rohrer, 35, and Theresa King, 44, both died at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Video from a woman who was inside one of the courtrooms shows the chaos that followed the shooting, first responders arriving to help the deputies, and a woman lying on the ground.

The suspect in the case was shot and was in surgery at KU Hospital, according to officials. He'd been with the sheriff's office for seven years.

Neither he nor Kansas City, Kansas, resident Jesse Ware saw the shooting happen.

The deputies haven't been identified yet, but we know a male deputy died and a female deputy is in critical condition.

Wyandotte County sheriff's spokeswoman Maj.

Colón earlier said he was "very confident (the shooting) was a last-resort situation to ensure the safety of the public".

He said law enforcement officers were doing their jobs and investigating even as they dealt with violence against two of their own. The juvenile's condition is unknown.

The shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of the courthouse at 710 N. 7th St. Details of what led to the shooting were not immediately available.


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