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Sheriff: Wounded officer saved witnesses before dying

A Kansas sheriff says a wounded deputy managed to kill his attacker and save two witnesses before collapsing and dying.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said that he has no doubt that Deputy Robert Kunze “prevented loss of other life” when he shot 29-year-old Robert Greeson.

Easter said Kunze was responding to a report about a man in a stolen black truck who was lurking around two all-terrain vehicles and another pickup about 20 miles west of downtown Wichita.

The sheriff’s office says Kunze’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 21) at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple, Wichita.

His burial will be at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, KS 67209. A public vigil for Kunze is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday a the Sedgwick County Law-Enforcement Memorial, near Wichita City Hall at the southwest corner of Central and Main downtown.

Two witnesses, an adult and teen, had followed Greeson and were present when shots rang out as the 41-year-old deputy was arresting the convicted felon. A bullet struck Kunze above his protective vest. Easter says he’s “proud” that Kunze got up and fought.