2 Deputies in Kansas Are Fatally Shot While Transporting Inmates

Two sheriff’s deputies in Kansas who were shot while transporting inmates from a jail to a court hearing on Friday died of their injuries, the police in Kansas City, Kan., said on Saturday.

Officials said Friday that it appeared the deputies were shot with one of their own weapons.

“When they pulled into the parking lot and readied to transport these inmates, they were overcome,” Maj. Kelli Bailiff, a spokeswoman for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office, said at a news conference on Friday. “It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot.”

A suspect was also shot and brought to the University of Kansas Medical Center, officials said. The police did not release any information about the suspect’s condition other than to say Friday that the person was undergoing surgery.

The deputies, Patrick Rohrer, 35, and Theresa King, 44, were taken to the same hospital. Deputy Rohrer, a seven-year veteran of the office, died of his injuries on Friday. Deputy King died early on Saturday morning. She had been with the office for 13 years.

Florida Man Kills 4 Children and Himself, Ending 21-Hour Hostage Standoff

A man fatally shot four children and then himself late Monday in Orlando, Fla., capping a 21-hour standoff that began after the man shot a police officer who had responded to a domestic violence call, the authorities said.

The man, Gary Lindsey Jr., 35, was discovered dead in a closet around 9 p.m. after the authorities entered the apartment where he had hunkered down with the children — ages 1, 6, 10 and 11.

Two of the children were Mr. Lindsey’s, and the other two belonged to someone else, Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department said at a news conference late Monday, without specifying to whom. He said it was not clear when the children were killed, but added that when officers tried to provide Mr. Lindsey with a phone to better communicate with him, they became aware that at least one child was dead.

“That’s when we decided to start our plans to make entry and try to rescue the rest of the children,” Chief Mina said, adding that the episode had “a very tragic and sad ending.”

Gary Lindsey Jr., who the police say shot an officer early Monday, is believed to have killed four children during a hostage standoff, then himself.CreditVolusia County Corrections

“Our hearts go out to the families of those four children.” Chief Mina continued.

The episode began about 11:45 p.m. Sunday when Orlando police officers responded to a call at an apartment complex just two miles north of Universal Studios Florida. A woman had contacted officers from elsewhere, telling them that her boyfriend, Mr. Lindsey, had battered her after an argument, the authorities said.

When officers confronted Mr. Lindsey, he opened fire, striking Officer Kevin Valencia, who suffered what Chief Mina called a “very serious and significant injury.” At least one officer fired back.

As of early Tuesday, Officer Valencia, who has been with the department since 2016 and is in his late 20s, remained in critical condition, Chief Mina said.

Mr. Lindsey then barricaded himself in his apartment along with the four children.

Over the next 21 hours, the authorities urged Mr. Lindsey to release the children. Negotiators spoke with him several times throughout the standoff, and had made contact with him as late as about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, just before SWAT officers entered the apartment.

Public records show that Mr. Lindsey was arrested repeatedly over the last 15 years, with a criminal record in at least two Florida counties. In 2007 he was convicted of petty theft, and in 2009 he pleaded no contest to charges of arson and trying to elude the police. In 2012, he was arrested again, in Orange County, on three charges: violation of probation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery in a case of domestic violence.

Alan Yuhas contributed reporting

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Florida Deputies’ Killer: Armed to the Teeth, but Motive Remains a Mystery

Sheriff Schultz did not identify the business but said that Mr. Highnote, who lived in Bell, Fla., had not worked there for two and a half years.

“We do not know what his intent was in going there, but as employees approached him, as cowards like him will often do, he fled before they reached him,” the sheriff said. He declined to answer whether the employer had fired Mr. Highnote.

“Did we escape disaster right there?” Mr. Rhodenizer asked later in the conference. “We simply don’t know.”


Investigators outside the home of John Hubert Highnote in Bell, Fla., on April 20.

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Details about Mr. Highnote’s background remain scant. Over about 40 years, he had a few run-ins with the police, mostly for traffic offenses, but these offenses were separated by enough time and distance that no connection could be made to the future violence he would commit, the sheriff’s department said.

Photos of men who resemble Mr. Highnote have been circulating on social media, but they are not of Mr. Highnote, Sheriff Schultz warned. “He had no social media or online presence that unmasks him,” the sheriff said.

The only photo that the police have found of Mr. Highnote is his driver’s license photo, which the sheriff said was not a public record.

After his prepared statement, Sheriff Schultz admonished those who demonize the police, saying that all that Americans see are “the negative things,” like “law enforcement being portrayed as alcoholics, abusers, beating people.”

“Let’s highlight the good stuff,” he said. “Let’s be part of the change.”

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Police Kill Black Man With Barrage of Bullets Outside California Walmart

“Unless you know they are actively engaging you with gunfire, its hard to justify shooting at four people, when, at best, the driver was committing the criminal act,” he continued.

Mr. Yarber, he said, “wasn’t complying — and they decided to execute him for it.”


Mr. Yarber, 26.

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Neither a Barstow police captain nor a city spokesman returned a phone message on Wednesday night seeking comment.

In two separate news releases — one provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the other from the Barstow police — the authorities say that the shooting occurred around 11 a.m.

Barstow police officers had responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart, the authorities said. They believed the driver was “a subject wanted for questioning in a recent crime involving a stolen vehicle,” one of the releases said.

When the officers got to the Walmart, they found the car, a black Mustang, in the parking lot. The car had been moving, but came to a stop in a parking spot. The officers got out of their vehicles and told the driver of the Mustang to do the same, the authorities said.

In their release, the Barstow police said Mr. Yarber first “began accelerating his vehicle in reverse, striking a police vehicle.”

“The vehicle then accelerated forward toward the officers, and then accelerated in reverse toward officers and striking another patrol vehicle,” the Barstow police said. “Afterward, an officer-involved shooting ensued.”

The video posted by Mr. King shows the shooting in real time for a total of about seven seconds. Mr. Merritt confirmed that the video is of the shooting involving Mr. Yarber.

It was not clear what happened before the recording started or after it ended. In the video, rapid gunfire can be heard as a black car appears to drive slowly in reverse.

A version of the same video that has been slowed down appears to show the car beginning to back up, just before two gunshots ring out; almost immediately after, the car appears to back into or swipe what looks like a police vehicle. (Mr. Merritt claims that the police vehicle moved into the Mustang’s path.) The gunfire continues in rapid succession.

Mr. Yarber, who Mr. Merritt said had been struck repeatedly, was pronounced dead at the scene, the authorities said. Another passenger, a woman identified by Mr. Merritt as Mariana Tafoya, was also struck by gunfire and was airlifted to a hospital, the police said. Mr. Merritt said she had been struck in the abdomen and the leg.

The two other passengers, both men, got out of the Mustang during the episode, and one of them sustained what the authorities called “minor injuries.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s specialized investigations division is investigating the shooting. A department spokeswoman referred questions about it to the Barstow police.

The episode occurred just weeks after the police in Sacramento fatally shot another black man, Stephon Clark. Mr. Clark’s death set off marches across that city.

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Attacks in Afghanistan Leave Dozens Dead and 2 Schools Burned


The burned-out girls’ high school in Logar Province, Afghanistan, that was attacked on April 11. The school is in the home district of President Ashraf Ghani, about 35 miles from Kabul.

Afghanistan Ministry of Education

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Four attacks across Afghanistan on Saturday night and Sunday killed at least 26 government security officers, while two schools were also set ablaze, according to Afghan officials.

The four attacks struck government outposts in northern and eastern Afghanistan; at least three appeared coordinated. They occurred late at night or early in the morning, with the attackers using long-range sniper rifles and night-vision equipment, according to Afghan officials, who tallied at least 10 wounded in all, along with those killed.

In separate assaults, a girls’ high school in Logar Province, near the capital, Kabul, was burned on April 11, and masked attackers struck a school in the village of Momandara, in Nangarhar Province, on Saturday night, setting archives and labs ablaze, according to education officials.

No one was reported hurt in those two attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but government officials blamed Taliban insurgents for the attacks on the government outposts. In recent years, mainstream Taliban forces have normally refrained from attacking schools.

In the Sancharak District, in the northern Sar-i-Pul Province, which has teetered between government and Taliban control over the past year, the governor, Naqibullah Daqiq, said that two government checkpoints in the west had been attacked by Taliban fighters using night-vision equipment and sniper rifles, with one guard killed at first.

When local pro-government militiamen tried to counter the assault, they fell into a Taliban ambush, and 10 others were killed, Mr. Daqiq said.

Nematullah Tofan, the police chief of the district of Dawlat Abad, in another northern province, Faryab, said that two government checkpoints in the village of Khairabad had fallen to Taliban fighters after their snipers killed four government defenders, shooting each of them in the head.

Attacks by insurgents using sophisticated night-vision technology have risen in the past year, especially against police and militia units that do not have such equipment. Afghan officials have asked for the gear to be issued to their police officers, but American officials have been reluctant to do so for fear that it would fall into Taliban hands.

The third attack was in Ghazni Province, in southeastern Afghanistan, where two Afghan Local Police checkpoints in the district of Jaghatu were attacked at 2 a.m. Sunday, killing eight officers and wounding four others, according to Hamidullah Nawruz, a member of the Ghazni provincial council.

Afghan Local Police officers are militiamen defending their own communities; they are generally less trained and not as well equipped as the national police.

A fourth attack took place on Sunday afternoon, when three guards outside Nangarhar University in the eastern city of Jalalabad took a break for worship. Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on them while they were praying, killing two immediately, according to a news release from the provincial governor’s office. The third guard fled but was chased by the gunmen and killed as well, according to a witness who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The girls’ high school in Logar Province, in a village in Mohammad Agha District, was attacked on April 11 by gunmen who beat up the night watchmen and locked them in a room, then set the school afire, according to Kabir Haqmal, a spokesman for the Ministry of Education. It was unclear why the attack had not been previously disclosed.

The school has 981 female students and 21 teachers, Mr. Haqmal said. It is in the home district of President Ashraf Ghani, 35 miles from Kabul.

In Nangarhar Province, the attack in Momandara was the third time a school in that district had been targeted in the past month, according to Mohammad Asif Shinwari, a spokesman for the provincial education ministry.

Attacks on schools by Taliban insurgents were common 10 years ago but proved so unpopular with communities that the insurgents announced that they would not be continued, even claiming to support girls’ education, although few such schools operate in areas dominated by the militants.

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