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Latest: Sheriff: Felon was suspect in Kansas deputy’s death

September 17, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a deputy (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

A man with a history of drug convictions has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Kansas sheriff’s deputy.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that 29-year-old Robert Greeson tussled with Deputy Robert Kunze Sunday afternoon about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of downtown Wichita. The deputy was shot once and died at a hospital. Greeson was found dead at the scene with two gunshot wounds.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Greeson had convictions for selling and distributing drugs and for aggravated battery. While incarcerated, he had multiple disciplinary infractions, including for fighting.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says the shooting happened as Kunze responded to a report about a man in a stolen black truck who was lurking around two all-terrain vehicles and another pickup.

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7 a.m.

Authorities say a Kansas sheriff’s deputy and a suspect were killed during a fight that broke out as the suspect was being arrested.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says Deputy Robert Kunze was shot Sunday about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of downtown Wichita after responding to a call about a suspicious person. Easter says Kunze patted down the suspect’s waistband and found a 40-caliber handgun. Kunze was handcuffing the suspect when the fight began.

Easter says Kunze’s service weapon was discharged, but investigators don’t know if the suspect’s handgun was fired.

Another deputy who responded found Kunze on the ground along with the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released. The deputy died at a hospital, while the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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