Sheriff: Slain Kansas deputy identified

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The deputy that died was identified as Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35. 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.

The surviving deputy is female and is in critical condition. She initially was in critical condition following the shooting, but was pronounced dead during the overnight hours Friday into Saturday. A third person, the suspect, was also shot.

"Both incidents unfolded protecting other citizens", Smith said. The investigation into the shooting is continuing.

Two Wyandotte County Sheriff's Deputies have been shot in Kansas City, Kansas.

The most recent murder charge was for a 2017 murder in Kansas City, Missouri. This happened in a transport bay, sources say the inmate got a hold of a deputy's firearm.

All three people were taken to an area hospital.

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer responded to the shooting Friday afternoon.

Authorities haven't released the deputies' names or length of service with the department.

Bailiff said the inmate was being taken across the street from the jail, to the services building, for a court hearing. Details of what led to the shootings are not yet available. Investigators will be reviewing surveillance video, according to Kansas City Police Department spokesman Zac Blair.

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The investigation is being handled by the Kansas City Police Department.

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

He held a moment of silence for the deputies after he finished his speech at the event.

Officers were called to a residential area of the city's north side.

Part of what makes the shooting so shocking is that it happened in what would normally be a safe, secure location for police.

"In light of the tragic news out of Kansas City, Kan., Price Chopper will be collecting donations to help support the families of Deputy Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Theresa King after their untimely deaths".

"We are praying for our friends at the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, their families, friends and our entire blue family".

Authorities aren't looking for any other suspects, Blair added.

Lionel Colon said when officers arrived, they were shot at, so they returned fire.

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