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BREAKING: One sheriff's deputy killed, another critical after shooting outside Kansas courthouse
Terry Zeigler, chief of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, discusses Friday's shooting in which one sheriff's deputy was killed and another critically injured. (Image source: KMBC-TV video screenshot)

BREAKING: One sheriff's deputy killed, another critical after shooting outside Kansas courthouse

A sheriff's deputy was killed and another is in critical condition after both were shot Friday morning in Kansas City, Kansas, while taking inmates to a hearing, KMBC-TV reported.

A suspect may have shot the deputies with a gun obtained from them, officials said.

When the deputies pulled into the parking lot and were ready to transport the inmates, the deputies "were overcome. It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot," Wyandotte County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelli Bailiff during an news conference at the University of Kansas Hospital where the deputies were taken.

A suspect also was shot and taken to the same hospital, the Kansas City Star reported, adding that the suspect's condition isn't known.

The identities of the deputies and the suspect were not disclosed early Friday afternoon, the Star reported.

What happened?

The shooting occurred outside the Wyandotte County Correctional and Court Services building, the Star said, adding that police were first called at 11:17 a.m.

Terry Zeigler, chief of the KCKPD, told the paper the deputies were transporting the inmate from the jail, which is across the street.

"There are witnesses we are speaking with," Zac Blair, a spokesman for the KCK police department, told the paper. "This is a courthouse building, there is video. We will be looking at that video."

Blair added to the Star that police were not looking for any other suspects and that the incident "is contained."

John Garcia — a witness who was in the courthouse services building during the shooting — told the paper he heard several shots in the parking lot behind the building and saw who was shot before he and others were taken back into the courtroom and later allowed to exit from the front.

Other law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City metro have been tweeting words of support and prayers for Wyandotte County, the Star said.

Gov. Jeff Colyer offered a moment of silence for the deputies after he finished a speech in the city, the paper said.

This is the fourth incident in which Wyandotte County law enforcement personnel have been shot in the last three years, the Star said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as necessary.

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