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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Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson (Ret.)

Look solemnly upon this ground, where the blood of valor can be found.

See a roadside in the farmland, where a brave men took a stand.

A place in time where history was made, where the bloody price of freedom was paid.

A good man lay down his life, leaving behind a daughter and a wife.

The rain comes from above
Tears straight from God’s love
Helping to ease our pain
For our loss is heaven’s gain

Remembered without regret
His sacrifice we will never forget.
To our oath hold forever true
Like him, we wear the silver and the blue

Remember that sad day
Let everyone who passes this way

Look solemnly upon this ground, where the blood of valor can be found.

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

September 15, 2021

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