Crime & Courts

Suspect in shooting of Kansas officers and his father found dead in home

For the latest on the Rice County shootings, see this story:

Ex-Marine’s Kansas crime spree ends with a suspected murder-suicide after standoff

Update, 11 a.m. April 30

The suspect in the shooting of a Kansas sheriff and undersheriff was found dead inside a home after a police standoff around midnight on Tuesday, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators believe David L. Madden, 37, also fatally shot his father before the Rice County sheriff arrived at the home in Raymond, Kansas, on Monday evening. His father, 65-year-old Thomas Madden, was also found dead inside the home.

“It is suspected that David Madden died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood.

A David L. Madden, 37, of Alden, was indicted last week on federal firearm charges. He was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said at the time.

Court documents show Madden allegedly smuggled a fully automatic AK-47 machine gun into the U.S. from Iraq. Madden admitted to an ATF agent during a Rice County Jail interview that he found the machine gun in Fallujah while fighting there for the U.S. Marine Corps.

The AK-47 was found in February 2017 after Madden led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Rice and Barton counties, the ATF agent wrote in the affidavit. Madden was arrested after the chase ended in a standoff with law enforcement at his home.

When KBI agents conducted a search of the Alden home then, they found several homemade explosives, according to the affidavit. There were two wooden crates full of 24 separate metal pipe bombs, each wrapped with metal bailing wire and some wrapped further with black electrical tape.

More explosives materials were found at the home, including two types of hobby fuse, 12 containers of smokeless powders and two live 25mm TPOS-T ATJ military ordinance projectiles.

Update, 8 a.m. April 30

The bodies of two adult men were found inside a home where a standoff took place after a Kansas sheriff and undersheriff were shot in Rice County, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.

There are no threats to the public, said KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood.

The department plans to release additional information later this morning.

Original story

A Kansas sheriff and undersheriff were being treated at a Wichita hospital after they were shot, one during a traffic stop and the other during a shootout at a home, officials said.

Two officers with the Rice County Sheriff’s Office were shot Monday, said Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Melissa Underwood.

The undersheriff was shot in his neck, and the sheriff was shot in his leg, Underwood said. They were both taken to a Wichita hospital for medical treatment, where the undersheriff was in critical, but stable, condition and the sheriff was in good condition Monday night.

The KBI did not identify either officer, but the Rice County Sheriff’s Office website lists the sheriff as Bryant Evans and the undersheriff as Chad Murphy.

Law enforcement officers said they had a suspect in the shooting surrounded at a home in rural Rice County. The suspect was identified as David L. Madden, 37, of Alden.

The incident began at around 5:10 p.m. when the undersheriff attempted a car stop related to a warrant for Madden, Underwood said. The traffic stop was north of Sterling near the Sonic restaurant. The undersheriff radioed that he had been shot within about 30 seconds of initiating the stop. He was shot four times.

The sheriff and a deputy went to a residence in rural Rice County, where they believed Madden had fled. At the home, Madden and law enforcement officers exchanged gunshots, and the sheriff was struck during the shootout, Underwood said.

More law enforcement agencies responded and surrounded the home. A police standoff was ongoing late Monday at a residence southeast of Raymond and northeast of Sterling, Underwood said.

Contributing: Kaitlyn Alanis of The Wichita Eagle

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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