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KBI: There are no "routine traffic stops"

Published On: Jun 02 2014 06:19:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 02 2014 07:17:19 PM CDT
TOPEKA, Kan. -

FactFinder 12 has learned the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has assisted in seven officer-involved shootings this year. The agency assisted in 10 all of last year.

The latest shooting, according the Cowley County Sheriff, happened during a traffic stop.

Mark Malick, KBI spokesman, said there are no routine stops for law enforcement.
Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet couldn’t agree more.  He dealt with two officer-involved shootings last year in his county.

Herzet said traffic stops have always been dangerous, and becoming even more dangerous.  That’s why he’s going to offer more training for his deputies next year.

“There's so much that goes on during a traffic stop," Herzet said. "They can be so dangerous and there’s so much people don't realize.  They can go bad real quick."

The KBI says, on average, there are about 1,000 assaults on law enforcement officers every year in Kansas.

The KBI cases (7) for 2014 include:
Sedgwick County
Decatur County
Sedgwick County
Thomas County
Saline County
Cowley County
Montgomery County

KBI cases (10 officer-involved shootings) for 2013 include:
Sedgwick County
Butler County
Sedgwick County
Sedgwick County
Ford County (Battery on LEO)
Sedgwick County
Washington County
Kingman County
Butler County
Greenwood County
Pottawatomie County

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