Kansas Deputy Shot And Killed During Suspicious Person Call

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas sheriff’s deputy has been shot and killed while responding to a call about a suspicious person.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze was shot Sunday about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of downtown Wichita after arriving at the scene and seeing a person who matched the description of the suspicious individual. The sheriff’s office said Kunze activated the emergency button on his portable radio shortly before 2 p.m.

Easter said another deputy responded and found Kunze on the ground along with the suspect, whose name wasn’t released. The deputy was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead just before 3 p.m.

The suspect died at the scene but details on the cause weren’t immediately released.

The 41-year-old Kunze joined the department in 2006.