Suspect, father dead after shooting of Kansas sheriff and undersheriff

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STERLING, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Latest on a shooting that wounded a Kansas sheriff and undersheriff (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the 37-year-old man accused of shooting the Rice County sheriff and undersheriff is dead following a standoff. 

Authorities located the body of David Madden inside a home at 420 Avenue S in Raymond at around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday. The KBI believes Madden also fatally shot his father, 65-year-old Thomas Madden. 

"The investigation suggests that when Madden shot the Undersheriff, a female and a child accompanied him in the vehicle," the KBI said in a news release. "Madden then fled the area and drove to his residence in Alden to retrieve guns and ammunition. He then went to his father’s home, where it is believed he fatally shot Thomas Madden prior to the Sheriff and deputy arriving. Then it is believed the female left the scene. A short time later, when the Sheriff arrived, which was at approximately 5:40 p.m., he was fired upon and shot in the leg."

Madden then exchanged gunfire with additional responding officers and fled to the home in Raymond. The KBI said Madden likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Undersheriff Chad Murphy remains critical but stable condition. Sheriff Bryan Evans has since been released from the hospital.

David Madden was a suspect in the 2015 disappearance of Megan Foglesong, and was also indicted last week on federal firearms charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

10:30 a.m.

Authorities plan to release more information in the shooting of a Kansas sheriff and undersheriff as well as the discovery of two bodies found after a standoff that followed the shooting. 

The KBI will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday. We'll carry it live on KAKE News at 11 and at kake.com/watchlive.

The KBI says Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy was shot and critically wounded around 5 p.m. Monday after attempting to stop a car driven by 37-year-old David L. Madden north of Sterling. Sheriff Bryan Evans and a deputy then pursued the suspect to a home in a nearby town, where the sheriff was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire.

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Two bodies were found in the home after a standoff that followed the shooting. Their identities were not released, but the KBI said there is no longer any danger to the community. 

2 a.m. Tuesday:

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the threat to the public is over, following the discovery of two bodies inside a home in rural Rice County.

Authorities said the bodies of two men were found inside of a home in rural Rice County that law enforcement had surrounded following the shooting of the Rice County sheriff and undersheriff.

Authorities have not identified he bodies. No one else was inside the home.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy was shot and critically wounded around 5 p.m. Monday after attempting to stop a car north of the small town of Sterling, about 70 miles northwest of Wichita.

The release says Sheriff Bryan Evans and a deputy then pursued the suspect to a home in a nearby town, where the sheriff was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire.

Several persons of interest have been interviewed in the case. Crews continue to search the home.

9:15 p.m. Monday:

The search for a man who shot the Rice County sheriff and undersheriff continues in Rice County.

In a news release, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the shootings happened at two locations in Rice County.

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old David L. Madden.

Undersheriff Chad Murphy was shot in the neck around 5:10 p.m. during a traffic stop across the street from the Sonic in Sterling. Murphy radioed dispatch that he had been shot.

Shortly afterward, Rice County sheriff's deputies tracked Madden to a residence southeast of the town of Raymond where Sheriff Bryan Evans was shot in the leg during a shootout.

Authorities have surrounded the home.

Both Evans and Murphy were flown to Wichita. Murphy is in critical condition, but he is stable. Evans is in good condition.

7:30 p.m.

The Rice County Sheriff and Undersheriff have been wounded in a shooting.

It happened around 5:15 p.m. Authorities say Undersheriff Chad Murphy was shot in the neck following a traffic stop across the street from the Sonic in Sterling. Sheriff Bryant Evans was shot in the leg, although the details of when and where he was shot haven't been revealed. Both men were transported to a Wichita hospital. Undersheriff Murphy is in critical but stable condition, Sheriff Evans is in good condition.   

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old David L. Madden. Multiple agencies have a house southeast of Raymond surrounded where they believe the suspect is located. 

KAKE News has several crews in Rice County looking into the shooting.  Check back for updates. 

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