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Deputy Sheriff Kurt Andrew Ford | Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Deputy Sheriff

Kurt Andrew Ford

Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 9, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 918

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Kurt Ford was shot and killed while conducting a forced entry during a hostage situation.

The hostage situation stemmed from a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening. When officers arrived the male subject took a female subject hostage. Deputy Ford and other members of the Harvey County Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. Three hours into the standoff the subject started attacking the hostage. The ERT team made a forced a entry into the home and was met with gunfire from the suspect, who was armed with two handguns.

Deputy Ford was struck in the head and fatally wounded. Another member of the team, a detective with the Hesston Police Department, was shot twice and wounded. The suspect remained barricaded in the home for an additional five hours before surrendering.

The suspect, a convicted felon, had a history of domestic violence reports at his home. Police later found multiple weapons at the scene. The man was convicted of capital murder on June 28, 2006. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Ford had just returned to law enforcement to serve with the Harvey County Sheriff's Office 4 months earlier. He had previously served in law enforcement for 13 years with multiple agencies in Kansas and Colorado. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Kurt,
I just spent an hour reading comments left by people that you've touched throughout your life and career. It's hard for me to think about the day I learned about your passing. My mom's pager started going nuts. Since she was out of town, I read the messages to see what was going on, since it was obviously important. I was shocked at what I read! I couldn't believe it. My mentor was gone. Needlessly gone. A coward picked up a gun and used it in a way that hurt more people than he could ever imagine. You made the ultimate sacrifice during your lifelong duty of protecting your fellow people.

A few years after your passing, I was watching wildest court moments on tv. They showed your photo as they where explaining the incident that resulted in your passing. I was shocked. My heart jumped into my throats and I couldn't help but let the tears roll. The idiot who shot you was acting stupid and got tased pretty good. I was hoping the court deputy would've kept pulling that trigger until the battery died. May be bad for me to say, but you made the ultimate sacrifice. This guy deserves the ultimate punishment.

The career I was hoping for didn't work out but have been thinking about joining the marine corps reserves. After reading these comments again, I've decided to make the call when I'm done here. I want to continue your legacy of being a sheepdog.

I have been looking at all of the officers who have laid their lives down. So many of them I have heard the stories about. With my great grandfather, grandfather, father, sister, her husband, and my wife's brother all being prior or active duty police officers, I have heard more than my share of stories of officers who have been killed in the line of duty. My wife's brother was shot in the line of duty the morning of august 8, 2010. Thank god he was a better shot than the suspect. I'm tired of it! I want it to end!

Thank you again sir for all of your kind and insightful words! I will never forget you. I look forward to seeing you again patrolling the streets of paradise.

Long live the sheepdog. The only ones that run toward the wolves when the sheep are running away.

Quinn Wheeler
Ex-Douglas County Explorer
March 16, 2017

 

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