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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

Thursday, May 9, 2019

U.S. Attorney Recognizes Kansas Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – We all owe a debt of gratitude to three Kansas law enforcement officers who sacrificed their lives for the safety and protection of others, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in recognition of National Police Week, May 12 to May 18.

The names of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze and Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony May 13.

“We must never forget these brave officers,” McAllister said. “We will strive to be worthy of the sacrifices they made for us and to carry on their dedication to law enforcement. I invite the public to join our office in showing support for their families and their fellow officers.”

King and Rohrer were shot to death June 15, 2018, in Kansas City, Kan., while transporting prisoners between jail and court. Kunze was shot to death Sept. 16, 2018, during an arrest in western Sedgwick County.

According to the FBI, 55 law enforcement officers died in 2018 from injuries received during felonious incidents

Victim officer profile:

  • Average age: 37 years old.
  • Average length of service: 10 years.
  • Gender: 52 male, 3 female.

For more information, see of the FBI report Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 at


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Updated May 9, 2019