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Eyewitness says he felt helpless during Friday's shooting of 2 deputies

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Bryan Alldaffer had just pulled over on Ann Avenue to send a few sales quotes when he heard what sounded like fireworks.

"I hadn't even parked, my foot was still on the brake and I heard this pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop and I thought someone had fired a string of fireworks because of the 4th of July," he said.

When he looked towards the noise he saw people running from the scene.

"Then it went pop, pop, pop again," he remembered. "The black guy with the dreadlocks was shooting. I saw him shooting at someone and I saw what it now looks to be the female officer on the north side of the white van."

Bryan was less than 200 feet away from the Wyandotte County Courthouse where a prisoner had somehow gotten a weapon and fired upon two deputies. Bryan started to record.

"It sounded like a pack of fireworks, I can't even tell you," he said on the video he posted to Facebook. "It must have been 20 plus shots. That dude was running from one side back to the other shooting, then he'd come back running the other way, so I don't know who eventually got him or where he is."

At one point in the video, you hear someone yell for bolt cutters.

"As the ambulances were coming in they were also hollering for bolt cutters because the gate was locked up," Bryan told 41 Action News. "The bolt cutters weren't getting there fast enough and you can hear somebody say 'Ram the gate!'

The fence surrounded the transport van where the shooting occurred. Eventually, emergency crews were able to make it to the two deputies who had been hit, Patrick Rohrer and Theresa King.

"Oh Jesus, they said one of them got shot in the head," Bryan said in the video. "There's multiple people shot, they say they have at least three ambulances coming. They're still doing CPR on one person down there."

The three ambulances transported the two deputies and suspect to the University of Kansas Hospital where the two deputies later died from their injuries.

"I felt helpless. I absolutely felt helpless because there I was and there wasn't a lot I could do, but try to keep as many details as I could to help out so this guy doesn't ever get the opportunity to hurt anyone again."

Bryan gave his statement to police and hopes it can help, in some small way, bring justice for these officers.

"It's senseless," he said. "This guy should never see the light of day again."

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