Two Kansas sheriff's deputies shot to death while transporting inmates

Deputy Patrick Rohrer, left, and Deputy Theresa King, right, died Friday while transporting prisoners in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo: Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department)

Two sheriff’s deputies died last week while transporting inmates in Kansas City, Kansas. The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the shooting deaths of Deputy Theresa King, 44, and Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, while escorting detainees to court Friday morning.

“When they pulled into the parking lot and readied to transport these inmates, they were overcome,” Maj. Kelli Bailiff, a spokeswoman for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office, told reporters Friday. “It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot.”

Rohrer, who joined the department in 2011, died from his injuries Friday at the University of Kansas Medical Center, police said. King, a 13-year veteran, died early Saturday morning.

Keeley Hanson, a bartender at the local Chicago’s bar, a popular hangout for law enforcement, told KHSB the incident left the community “heartbroken.”

“I knew it wasn’t going to be good because I know every single one of them and it’s just heartbreaking,” she said. “Hearing it was her, you’re lost for word. She always had a smile on her face. She was always just a sweetheart and always been super nice to me.”

The Kansas City Police Department is leading the investigation. So far, no additional information about suspects has been released.

Gov. Jeff Coyler said news of the shooting left him “deeply saddened.” “Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the public and their selfless service deserves our highest honor,” he said.

Mayor David Alvey called the officers heroes with “spirits of self-giving” in a news release Friday. “And so, as we work through all of our emotions, as we try to find answers to all of our questions, we must look to the sacrifices of Deputy Rohrer and Deputy King and believe what they believed: that the fight for goodness and truth and justice is worth our very lives, every day of our lives, and we must be ever-vigilant for the battle,” he said.

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More