Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sheriff, Deputy Shot; 2 Men Found Dead in Home

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sheriff, Deputy Shot; 2 Men Found Dead in Home

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LYONS — David L. Madden “more than likely was trying to avoid arrest” when he shot Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy during a car stop in north Sterling shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, according to Kansas Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Steve Rosebrough.

Questions arising from the hours-long drama that ensued — including the wounding of Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans and Madden’s suspected killing of his father before committing suicide — may never be known. David Madden, 37, and law enforcement didn’t talk during the events.

“He had warrants for his arrest,” Rosebrough said at a news conference Tuesday morning. He declined to elaborate on the warrants, but the Kansas Department of Corrections reported Madden as having absconded from community corrections on Feb. 11.

“We’ll never know what his true motive was now,” Rosebrough said.

But authorities continued to search for clues to the puzzle.

Investigators continued to work Tuesday at the rural property of David Madden's father, Thomas Madden, at 490 Avenue S. in Raymond, where the standoff ended with the death of the father and son. They also processed the scene at 304 Steinmetz St. in Alden, where David Madden lived.

Authorities did not want cars parked in front of the Alden home because of the possibility of explosives. A barricade prevented motorists from taking a sandy road to the Raymond residence.

As of late Tuesday morning, no explosives had been found, but investigators were “proceeding cautiously,” Rosebrough said.

A woman and a child appeared to be in the vehicle with Madden at the time of the incident in Sterling. She was not at the home when the standoff ended. She has not been publicly identified or charged, but she will be interviewed.

Sheriff Evans, shot in the leg, was released overnight from Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Undersheriff Murphy, shot in the neck, remains at Wesley. Rosebrough described Murphy's injuries as not life-threatening.

Chain of events

After the traffic stop, where authorities believe David Madden shot Murphy on K-96, the suspect fled north to his residence in Alden to retrieve guns and ammunition, according to the KBI. …

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