KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Uniformed officers from across the nation gathered Thursday to remember two Kansas sheriffs deputies who were shot and killed by an inmate while transporting him between the courthouse and jail.
Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash said Thursday during a joint service for Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer at a soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, that they literally put their lives between a cold-blooded killer and the citizens they swore an oath to protect, The Kansas City Star reports.
Authorities said an inmate apparently overpowered the deputies last Friday in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them, possibly with one of their own guns. Rohrer, who was 35 and was the father of two, died shortly after the shooting. King, who was 44 and a mother of three, died the next day. The suspect also was shot.