Kansas sheriff, undersheriff shot separately

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RICE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas sheriff and undersheriff were shot, one during a traffic stop and one during a shootout at a home.

It started just after 5 p.m. north of Sterling near the Sonic restaurant. The Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy attempted to stop a car near Sonic just north of the city limits. The stop was related to warrant for the vehicle’s occupant, 37-year-old David L. Madden.

Within seconds of the stop, Murphy radioed to dispatch that he had been shot. EMS responded and he flown to a Wichita hospital to be treated for four gunshot wounds. He is currently in critical but stable condition. 

Following the shooting, the Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans learned that Madden likely fled to a home in rural Rice County near Raymond. Sheriff Evans and another sheriff’s deputy arrived at the home and encountered Madden. Gunshots were exchanged and one round struck Evans in the leg.

The sheriff and deputy called for assistance and additional law enforcement responded. Authorities surrounded the home.

Sheriff Evans was taken to the hospital in Lyons and transported to Wichita in good condition. 

“This is just awful to hear because these guys care so much about the community,” said Kale Mayfield, Sterling resident. “They are there to attend our football games here at the college. They support and care about us a ton. This is terrible to hear when something happens to people like them.” 

Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, KSN spoke with law enforcement in Rice County who say they’ve located two men dead inside the home at the scene of a standoff. They are working to identify the bodies but believe the community is no longer at risk.


Madden is listed as an absconder from the Kansas Corrections System. He was last listed as absconding on February 11, 2019.

Madden has a long list of run-ins with law enforcement. According to federal court documents, the latest was in February. The documents show Madden was in possession of a machine gun. The gun was not registered. 

Also in 2017, Madden led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. He was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement. A search warrant says dozens of guns and pipe bombs were found on his property. It also mentions he was involved in an investigation involving missing person Megan Fogelsong in 2015.

Stay with KSN for continuing coverage on this story. 




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