Crime & Courts

Kansas undersheriff shot in neck during traffic stop has ‘good’ prognosis for recovery

A Kansas undersheriff who was shot in the neck during a traffic stop has a “good” prognosis for recovery, state law enforcement officials said.

Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy was flown to a Wichita hospital in critical condition after the Monday evening officer-involved shooting in Sterling. He has since been upgraded to serious condition, and “the prognosis for his recovery is good,” the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.

A fund to assist the family with medical and other expenses related to the shooting has been set up, the KBI said. Donations can be mailed to Alden State Bank, Attn: Chad Murphy Fund, P.O Box 288 Sterling, KS 67579.

Murphy was shot four times during a traffic stop near the Sonic restaurant in Sterling by 37-year-old David L. Madden, bureau agents said. Murphy had a warrant for Madden’s arrest.

Madden was a former Marine who had been charged in federal court with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun.

Madden was also suspected of being involved in the 2015 disappearance of 21-year-old Megan Foglesong, of Alden. The KBI said the missing person case remains open, but no new information or leads have emerged since the shooting.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Foglesong is asked to contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

After the undersheriff was shot, Sheriff Bryant Evans and a deputy went to the rural Rice County home of Madden’s father. There, Madden and law enforcement officers got in a shootout, and Evans was shot in the leg. He has since been treated and released from a Wichita hospital.

Investigators believe Madden shot and killed his father, 65-year-old Thomas Madden, before the shootout with the sheriff. Madden apparently shot and killed himself later as a SWAT team surrounded the house.

The federal gun crime charge against Madden was filed last week — over two years after a February 2017 police chase and standoff at his Alden house that led to probation time from local charges.

The 2017 police chase and standoff led to criminal charges in Rice County. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, flee and elude and driving while a habitual violator and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Court documents show Madden allegedly smuggled a fully automatic AK-47 machine gun into the U.S. from Iraq. He told an agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during a Rice County Jail interview after his 2017 arrest that he found the machine gun in Fallujah while fighting there for the U.S. Marine Corps. Agents searching his home also found dozens of explosives.

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