Harvey County sheriff explains dangers of serving warrants

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH)

Harvey County Sheriff, Chad Gay, says serving warrants can be dangerous.

"You don't know who all is going to be in the house, you don't know what weapons they have access to, and you often run into some drug issues," said Gay.

Wednesday, in Philadelphia, police say six officers were shot while serving a narcotics warrant at a home. The gunman and police exchanged gunfire for hours during a standoff. The officers had already entered the home when they were shot.

This hits close to home for the Harvey County Sheriff's Office. One of its deputies was shot and killed by a suspect in Newton in 2005.

The sheriff says a man barricaded himself in a home. Police were responding to a domestic disturbance and when they entered the home, deputy Kurt Ford was shot and killed.

"It was our emergency respond team, and those guys were trained to do that. They went into the house and the guy shot at them, and killed one of our guys."

While they train a lot, the sheriff says law enforcement has to be ready for anything.

"It's a really harsh reminder for you," said Gay.