KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of two Kansas sheriff’s deputies who were shot while transporting him last week.
Wyandotte County Mark Dupree announced Friday that 30-year-old Antoine Fielder was charged with two counts of capital murder over the deaths of deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer.
The deputies were killed June 15 when police say they were apparently overpowered by Fielder in a gated area behind the courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, possibly with one of their own guns. The deputies were transporting Fielder between the county jail and the courthouse.
Fielder also was shot but survived.
In Kansas, the premeditated killing of a single law enforcement officer is grounds for the death penalty.
A joint funeral service was held Thursday for the deputies.