2 bodies found after wounding of sheriff, undersheriff

2 years 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, April 30 2019 Apr 30, 2019 April 30, 2019 7:41 AM April 30, 2019 in News - AP National

STERLING, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas undersheriff was shot and wounded trying to execute a warrant against a man who absconded from the corrections system, and a sheriff was shot in a subsequent standoff at a nearby house that ended early Tuesday with two men dead.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the Rice County undersheriff attempted to stop a car north of the small town of Sterling around 5 p.m. Monday because an occupant, David Madden, had an outstanding warrant against him.

The news release doesn't detail that warrant, but KSNW-TV reported that Madden, 37, has a long criminal history and is listed as an absconder from the Kansas Corrections System. It is unclear if this means he is an escapee or perhaps violated the terms of his parole. A Kansas Department of Corrections spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone message and online records provided no details.

Less than a minute later, the undersheriff radioed to dispatch that he had been shot. The news release doesn't say who shot the undersheriff. He was flown to a hospital in critical condition with four gunshot wounds. Sterling is a town of about 2,000 people about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Wichita.

The KBI said the sheriff and a deputy later went to a home southeast of nearby Raymond, another small town, where they encountered Madden. The sheriff was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire. He was taken to a hospital in good condition, while law enforcement surrounded the home.

KSNW-TV reported that a KBI official said at the scene early Tuesday that two men's bodies were found at the home after a standoff. The KBI hasn't identified the two bodies but says the community is no longer at risk.

It is unclear if the home in Raymond was Madden's home and KBI has not said why the sheriff and deputy went to that home. A KBI spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press early Tuesday, including confirmation that Madden was among the dead.

Madden had a long list of run-ins with law enforcement. According to federal court documents, the latest was in February. The documents show Madden was in possession of an unregistered machine gun.

In 2017, Madden led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. He was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement. A search warrant says dozens of guns and pipe bombs were found on his property. The warrant also mentions he was involved in missing person investigation.

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