WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas sheriff’s deputy and a suspect killed after a fight broke out when the suspect was arrested in a rural area of Wichita, the authorities said.
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze was shot Sunday afternoon after receiving a call about a black truck stolen.
When Kunze arrived on the scene about 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Wichita, he found the hood open on the black vehicle. Easter says Kunze, knocked down the suspect’s waistband and found a 40-caliber pistol. The gun was placed away from the two of them, but a struggle ensued when Kunze tried to handcuff the defendant, The Wichita Eagle r eports.
Easter says Kunze, the service weapon was fired, but the researchers do not know whether the suspect the gun was fired. Kunze was able to use the emergency button on his portable radio to call for help. Another deputy arrived about a minute later, and two witnesses hide near said shots had been fired. The deputy found Kunze and the suspect on the ground. A 40-calibre pistol was found next to the suspect, whose name has not been released.
Kunze was shot once in his upper torso above his ballistic vest, Easter said. The suspect was shot in his upper body and hips. Kunze died in a hospital, while the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting is being investigated. Easter said the deputy the vehicle was equipped with a dash camera, but that footage was not yet available.
He said that the suspect has been linked to several crimes in the area on Sunday — the theft of a 40-caliber weapon, a silver vehicle and the black truck. He said that there were no other suspects in Kunze’s death, but that there are more suspects in the other cases.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office placed a badge covered with a blue-black mourning band on his Facebook page to remember Kunze. Easter described the deputy’s death as a “tragedy,” says Kunze, “worked with great pride, love, and encouraged the people who worked with him, but most of all he loved his family.” Kunze had a wife and a child.
Information from: The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com