Police say the deputies were transporting inmates to the courthouse for a court hearing when they were "overcome" in the parking lot of the gated transport office.
The deputies were shot on Friday after a suspect overpowered at least one of them and perhaps took a weapon, said Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte Sheriff's Department said during a press conference.
Alvey mourned the loss of deputies Theresa King, known as "TK", and Patrick Rohrer, whom he described as "two of our young, bright, committed sheriff's deputies" that the department lost on a "terribly tragic day".
Kansas City, Kansas, police say 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer died at the Kansas Medical Center from his injuries.
The suspect, who has not been officially identified, was also shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition.
Zeigler also said the deputies were taking the inmate from the courthouse back to jail, not the other way around, as police initially reported. There is surveillance video of the scene, Blair added. They are the third and fourth law enforcement officers from Kansas City, Kan., or Wyandotte County to be killed in the line of duty the past three years.
Bailiff said the investigation was now being handled by the police department in Kansas City.
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Bailiff said the incident occurred in a "caged" area outside a courthouse and there was no danger to the community.
Charges have not yet been formally filed with the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office. No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement he was "saddened" by the news.
The year before, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wood was shot at a convenience store but survived.
The Kansas City Star reports that the shooting happened on Thursday afternoon in the north of the city.
The suspect is in the operating room at the same hospital, Zeigler said.