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.

Bio

  • 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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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Robert was killed in the line of duty.

To the Kunze family, fellow officers, and all who call Robert beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that as the first anniversary of your loved one's untimely death approaches, that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Kunze gave to his community and the citizens of Kansas and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 16, 2018.

Phyllis Loya
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September 6, 2019

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