Archive for Monday, September 28, 2009

Sedgwick County deputy sheriff killed, suspect also dies

September 28, 2009, 1:00 p.m. Updated September 28, 2009, 9:14 p.m.


— A Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy shot Monday morning in an apparent ambush has died of his injuries, and the man suspected of shooting him also has died following a shootout with police, authorities said.

Brian S. Etheridge, 26, was shot twice shortly before noon outside a southeast Wichita home where he was responding to an apparently routine call about a larceny, Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said.

The deputy arrived at the home at 11:51 a.m. and reported at 12:01 p.m. that he had been shot.

A massive manhunt went on all afternoon and led to the evacuation of a square-mile area adjacent to McConnell Air Force Base. Local, state and federal law enforcement officers responded to the scene.

Etheridge underwent surgery and initially had been expected to survive, but he died at 4:20 p.m. at Wesley Medical Center, Hinshaw said. The slain officer had been with the sheriff’s department for a little more than a year.

No motive is known for the shooting, Hinshaw said. The call may have been a “subterfuge” and the shooting may “have been a setup,” he said. He did not give further detail.

Officers surrounded a house where they believed the suspect, identified only as a 27-year-old man, was hiding, but he was later found in a nearby field where he exchanged gunfire with the officers. He died at 6:10 p.m.


Reaper2K 8 years, 1 month ago

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bigdave 8 years, 1 month ago

Reaper2K that was not funny at all!!!

rcr 8 years, 1 month ago

How about a name for the wounded Deputy?

somedude20 8 years, 1 month ago

i think the sheriff's name is john brown

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 1 month ago

your are right redcoal. I misread the article.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

I too wish for a speedy recovery. And reading glasses for Corbett. Didn't you shoot someone once Boston?

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

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TheStonesSuck 8 years, 1 month ago

Rock road is well within Wichita city limits, unless you're extremely far North or South. McConnell AFB is right on the boundary between Wichita and Derby, I believe.

Ray Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

This was just south of the city limits, directly across the street from the Air Force Base. Not that it makes a huge difference...the city limit is literally a few blocks away.

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago

The scumbag who killed this deputy make me miss public hanging.

ferrislives 8 years, 1 month ago

This is always sad news. God bless the family.

kateku 8 years, 1 month ago

Prayers go out to the Wichita community. This young man gave his life in the line of duty and we should all be thankful for his service.

purplesage 8 years, 1 month ago

I missed the removed comments; too bad that two deaths provide an opening for "humor".

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

it was the way in which this article was worded.....

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

ironhorse66 (Anonymous) says…

this is why it is in the best interest of the community that drug dealers and illegal gun dealers stay locked up.

dude where are you coming up with this stuff ? I am glad to see you are the new spokes person for the community What else does this precious community need o great spokes person ?

maxcrabb 8 years, 1 month ago

Alex. Give it up.

Obviously you have missed the importance of this article. A man who hadn't even reached his thirty's, gave his life serving the people.

I know you are not very old, but imagine walking around every day knowing there were people who would rather put you down than spend another day in jail. All because you represent a system you don't have control over, and are automatically associated with a few media-hyped bad apples you don't know. The majority of your calls would be domestic disputes, traffic violations and accidents, or other fairly simple matters. But there's always the possibility that the next call could be your last.

I doubt you could ever be as brave or mature as Brain Etheridge.


Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

well 30 soldiers died in Afghanistan last week and they were all barely 20 . Black kids die in Africa Every day from starvation, genocide, ethnic cleansing who are barely 2 years old ......

maxcrabb he worked at a job where he ran the risk of being gunned down (fact) thus the reason for the Kevlar Vest and the automatic weapon in his patrol car.

Just like the soldiers that died. They made a career choice. Its not my Fault he was gunned down. Nore is it my fault 30 soldiers died at war...

while his death is sad, he knew the risk every day as he came into work.

If I work at a nuclear plant and one day get radiation cancer.......... are you gona call people jerks for pointing out I worked in an environment where radiation exposure could have occurred ??

at least he died doing what he loved instead of being hit by a car while riding his bike on a country road.

monkeywrench1969 8 years, 1 month ago


I think for you it is more about agitation because you have a bad case of "look at me." Too bad you can't find anyone to give a hug at night

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago

Thankfully, the cops killed the scumbag who murdered the deputy. He got what he deserved, and we won't have to spend any tax money on him. A fitting conclusion to a very sad story.

I pray for the deputy's family. God bless him.

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