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Man found guilty of attempted murder in shooting at Kansas tax office

Twin Lakes shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Ricky Wirths, the man charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a state tax agent, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Trial has been set for Nov. 13. Appearing before Judge James Fleetwood, Wirths waived his ri
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Ricky Wirths, the man charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a state tax agent, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Trial has been set for Nov. 13. Appearing before Judge James Fleetwood, Wirths waived his ri

Editor's note: Cortney Holloway's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

After he was buzzed into the waiting area of a Wichita tax office, Ricky Wirths asked for a tax agent by name, officials said.

Wirths — who owed nearly $400,000 in tax warrants — then shot Kansas Department of Revenue tax agent Cortney Holloway, police said.

Wirths, 52, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder on Thursday after the September 2017 shooting.

The man walked into the taxation side of the state office building at 21st and Amidon at around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2017, police said at the time. Wirths asked for Holloway at the Twin Lakes office, where Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said Wirths had been buzzed into a waiting area.

About 3 hours earlier, Holloway and sheriff's deputies had gone to Wirths house in the 900 block of West 35th Street North to seize assets in a tax warrant investigation, the sheriff's office said at the time. He owed nearly $400,000 in tax warrants, and at least one vehicle was seized.

When Wirths met with Holloway at the tax office, Wirths pulled out a handgun and shot Holloway multiple times, police said.

Wirths remains in the Sedgwick County Jail and his sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Police investigate a shooting at the Kansas Department of Revenue at 1800 N. Amidon Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Video by Fernando Salazar)

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