Deputy Sheriff Robert Kenneth Kunze, III

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kenneth Kunze, III

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Robert Kenneth Kunze, III

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kunze was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person call in a rural area near the intersection of North 295th Street West and West 21st Street North.

He arrived at the scene and made contact with a male subject in a stolen vehicle. During the encounter he and the subject exchanged shots and both were fatally shot. Deputy Kunze's backup officer arrived at the scene and located Deputy Kunze suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputy Kunze had served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and had previously served with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge D1584

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

stolen vehicle, suspicious person

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Holding the Line

Dedicated to the memory of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze III
EOW: 09/16/18

When the history of America is told
They will speak of a courageous band.
Of brave men and women who took a stand.
Against the evil that threatened this great land.
Holding the line.

Answering the call both night and day
They stood between their beloved homes and crime’s desolation
Running to the fight without hesitation
The living hope of this nation
Holding the line.

Warriors battling on the home front
Willing in an instant to give their all
Sad far too many in this conflict must fall
For freedom and liberty they stood tall
Holding the line

We honor their sacrifice
In solemn tribute we stand
Sharing a quiet grief few can understand
In every corner of this great land
Holding the line

Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson (Ret.)
Sedgwick County Sheriff’ Office

April 4, 2019

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