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Kansas sheriff’s deputy shot, killed in the line of duty

Sedgwick County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday, researchers said.

(Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)

A sheriff’s deputy in Kansas was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sunday, researchers said.

Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze, III, 41, died Sunday after responding to a “suspicious character to call,” the officials said.

Kunze responded to the reports of a black car around 1:18 a.m., Sheriff Jeff Easter said at a press conference. Upon arrival of the suspect vehicle had the hood open and another vehicle — which belong to the witnesses who reported the “suspicious character” — was parked in front of it.

At 1:48 pm, Kunze, administered his emergency call button to alert dispatch that he had shot.

When a responding deputy arrived, he saw Kunze, lay on its side next to the suspect, who was laying face down on the floor next to a “40-caliber weapon.”

“Robert was a great asset to the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Jeff Easter said at a press conference. “Robert was a special deputy who was loved by everyone he worked with.”

This is a developing story; please return for updates.

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