Rice County undersheriff leaves Wichita hospital, arrives in Sterling


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy was released from a Wichita hospital Friday afternoon.

KSN was at the hospital when the procession of law enforcment left Wesley Medical Center before 3 p.m. and headed for Sterling where it arrived around 4 p.m.

Undersheriff Murphy was shot Monday by 37-year-old David Madden near Sterling. Authorities say Madden then shot and wounded Sheriff Bryant Evans and killed his father before killing himself during a standoff. Evans was treated and released shortly after the shooting. 

Sterling Police Chief Derrick Ploutz was on hand for his arrival. He visited Undersheriff Murphy in the hospital. 

“I went up and saw him yesterday, and you know, we count our blessings. Sometimes, there is not a whole lot to say, but we count our blessings.”

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson also made the trip to Sterling. He is glad that the undersheriff can recover at home. 

“The best for the family, a quick recovery, a full recovery we hope. Been talking to Bryant as well, been talking to him the last couple of days. He seems to be doing well so I think he went back to work yesterday or today so you can not keep a good man down.”

A fund was established for those inquiring about how they can assist Undersheriff Chad Murphy’s recovery. 

Donations can be made at the Alden State Bank in Sterling, or mailed to the bank at:

Alden State Bank
Attn: Chad Murphy Fund
P.O. Box 288
Sterling, KS 67579

Undersheriff Chad Murphy GoFundMe

Donations will be used for medical expenses, or other personal or family expenses related to this incident.

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