Rice County Sheriff, Undersheriff Shot

A violent incident in Rice County Monday evening began when the Sheriff and Undersheriff were shot at separate locations, and ended when two people were later found dead following a standoff.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to assist in attempts to apprehend the suspect.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that at approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday the Rice County Undersheriff attempted a car stop near the Sonic Restaurant, just north of the Sterling city limits. The car stop was related to a warrant for the vehicle’s occupant, David L. Madden, 37, of Alden.

Within approximately thirty seconds of initiating the car stop, the Undersheriff radioed to dispatch that he had been shot. EMS responded, and he was flown to a Wichita hospital. He is being treated for four gunshot wounds, and is currently in critical, but stable condition.

Following the shooting of the Undersheriff, the Rice County Sheriff learned information that Madden likely fled to a residence in rural Rice County, southeast of Raymond. He and another sheriff’s deputy arrived at the residence and encountered Madden. Gunshots were exchanged, and one round struck the Sheriff in the leg.

The Sheriff and deputy called for assistance and additional law enforcement agencies responded. Authorities were able to surround the home, and establish a perimeter.

The Sheriff was taken to a hospital in Lyons, Kan., and was then transported to a Wichita hospital. The Sheriff is currently in good condition.

The standoff at the residence in Rice County ended with law enforcement making entry to the home. Inside they found two deceased males.

According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, David Madden has a long criminal record and was an absconder from parole.

According to federal court documents, Madden was most recently facing charges in connection with possessing an AK-47 machine gun.

According to KSN TV in Wichita, in 2017 Madden led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. At that time he was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement. A search warrant indicates dozens of guns and pipe bombs were found on his property. It also mentions he was involved in an investigation involving missing person Megan Fogelsong in 2015.