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Rice County sheriff, undersheriff shot
KBI, other law enforcement agencies have Alden house surrounded
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David L. Madden

RICE COUNTY – Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents Monday night responded to a residence southeast of the small Rice County community of Raymond following the shooting of two Rice County Sheriff’s Office officers in Sterling earlier in the day, the KBI reported. However, the standoff continued and other details were unknown as of presstime Monday night.

The man suspected of the shooting is David L. Madden, age 37, said KBI spokesperson Melissa Underwood. As Monday night wore on, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies had the house in rural Rice County surrounded where they believe the suspect was located.

Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy was shot in his neck and taken to a Wichita hospital. Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evens was also shot, but in his leg and taken to the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.

The incident began with the Rice County undersheriff attempting a car stop related to a warrant for Madden, Underwood said. This was at about 5:10 p.m. Monday north of Sterling, near the Sonic Drive-in restaurant. 

There was a second scene, and that was the rural Raymond residence, Underwood said.

At 10 p.m. Monday, the condition of Murphy was critical, but stable. The condition of Evens was good. They are both currently being treated in a Wichita hospital.

Units from Reno County, Wichita, Sterling, Barton County, Ellinwood and Lyons joined Rice County and KBI officers. Authorities deployed rapid response teams, K-9s, a robot, a  drone and thermal imaging equipment at the location. 

It was last Tuesday that Madden was indicted on in a Wichita federal court, charged with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 22, 2017, in Rice County.