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Off-duty Wyandotte County deputy shot and killed at KCK home Saturday night, police say

An off-duty Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed at his home in Kansas City, Kansas, Saturday night, according to police.

The shooting was reported around 7:50 p.m. in the 2800 block of North 76th Street.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, which is investigating the incident, said the victim was a deputy with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office who was not on duty at the time of the shooting. No other injuries were reported.

The deputy’s identity has not yet been released, but police said he is in his late 50s.

One person who called 911 has been taken into custody for questioning.

“We don’t believe it was a random act. ... We think it’s someone he knows,” said Kansas City, Kansas, Police Officer Thomas Tomasic, a police spokesman.

The incident Saturday night marked the fifth law enforcement officer in Wyandotte County who has been fatally shot in the past four years.

In one incident in 2018, two Wyandotte County deputies, Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were fatally shot while transporting jail inmates from a court hearing.

As police continued investigating at the scene late Saturday night, Jason Arbee said he was trying to figure out what happened in his neighborhood. Arbee, who has two kids, said he’s lived there for seven years and wanted to make sure the area was safe.

“Everyone around here is peaceful. ... Nobody even gets in a fistfight around here. It’s something really rare,” Arbee said of the shooting. “I have a lot of friends who are police officers. I hope it’s not anyone I know.”

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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