Kansas City Kansas police department via AP

2 Kansas deputies slain in courthouse remembered as heroes

Joint service Thursday for Theresa King and Patrick Rohre

June 22, 2018 - 3:39 am

A Kansas sheriff is remembering two sheriff's deputies who were fatally shot by an inmate as "true heroes."

The Kansas City Star reports that Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash said Thursday during a joint service for Theresa King and Patrick Rohre that they "literally put their lives between a cold-blooded killer and the citizens they swore an oath to protect."

Authorities say an inmate apparently overpowered the deputies last Friday in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them, possibly with one of their own guns. Rohrer, who was 35 and was the father of two, died shortly after the shooting. King, who was 44 and had three children, died the next day.

Authorities haven't released the suspect's name. He also was shot and hasn't yet been charged.

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