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Second Deputy Dies After She Was Shot During Fight With Prisoner
A second sheriff’s deputy died after a shooting involving a prisoner outside a courthouse in Kansas City. Deputy Theresa King, 44, died early Saturday after Friday’s shooting. Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, died earlier. The inmate was being taken from jail to the courthouse when the shooting occurred, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was in a gated area, where inmates are taken out of a van, and may have overpowered the deputies and taken hold of one of their weapons, according to preliminary investigations. Rohrer, age 35, died after being taken to the hospital from his injuries. He worked with the department for seven years. King, 44, had 13 years of service. Both died at the University of Kansas Medical Center, according to news releases from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. The suspect was also shot and was reported to be undergoing surgery for his or her injuries, according to The New York Times. “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, said at a news conference on Friday, The New York Times reported. “It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot.” The Kansas City Police Department is investigating. "There are witnesses we are speaking with," said Zac Blair, a spokesman for the Kansas City police, via The Kansas City Star. "This is a courthouse building, there is video. We will be looking at that video.” Witness John Garcia was leaving the courthouse building at the time of the shooting. After gunshots rang out, he and others ran back inside and into a courtroom. "I was in a panic," he said, via the Star. "My stomach was in knots. Garcia and others had to stay in the courtroom until authorities deemed it safe to leave. "They were there at the courthouse. You know, you're at one of the safest places where you can be," Garcia told the Star. "And, you know, this occurred right outside the courthouse, where there's, you know, multiple police around."