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Sheriff: Wounded Kansas deputy saved lives before dying

This 2012 photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Kansas shows Deputy Robert Kunze, who was shot Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, after receiving a call about a black truck that had been stolen. Both Kunze and a suspect were killed after a fight broke out as the suspect was being arrested in a rural area of Wichita, authorities say. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A Kansas sheriff said a wounded deputy managed to kill his attacker and save two witnesses before collapsing and dying.

The Wichita Eagle reported Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said Tuesday he has no doubt Deputy Robert Kunze "prevented loss of other life" when he shot 29-year-old Robert Greeson. Easter said Kunze was responding to a report about a man in a stolen black truck who was lurking around two all-terrain vehicles and another pickup about 20 miles west of downtown Wichita.

Two witnesses, an adult and teen, had followed Greeson and were present when shots rang out as the 41-year-old deputy was arresting the convicted felon. A bullet struck Kunze above his protective vest. Easter says he's "proud" that Kunze got up and fought.

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