Police say 2 Kansas deputies killed by inmate were parents

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The slain deputy was identified later Friday as 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer, who had been with the department for seven years. Both were rushed to University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer died and King was in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries some 12 hours later.

"This incident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, who is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- TIPS (8477)", a sheriff's office statement said.

Bailiff said it's very possible the deputies were shot with their own guns. Pictures taken by local media show the white van, its doors wide open, parked in a gated portion of the parking lot and surrounded with yellow evidence markers.

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The Kansas City Star reports that the shooting happened on Thursday afternoon in the north of the city.

The other inmate was unharmed.

Zeigler also said the deputies were taking the inmate from the courthouse back to jail, not the other way around, as police initially reported. Kansas City detective Brad Lancaster was shot during a pursuit in May 2016.

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"They were there at the courthouse. And, you know, this occurred right outside the courthouse, where there's, you know, multiple police around", he told the paper. Rohrer, 35, had been with the department for seven years. King, 44, served for 13 years. "Praying for Wyandotte County!" the Kansas City Police Department wrote on Facebook following King's passing.

He said law enforcement officers were doing their jobs and investigating even as they dealt with violence against two of their own.

"These were two bright and intelligent, wonderful personalities", Bailiff said of her fallen colleagues. "Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the public and their selfless service deserve our highest honor". Both had families; King had two grown children and a young daughter and Rohrer had two young children.

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