Mother of man who killed Sedgwick Co. deputy: 'We pray for the deputy’s family all the time'
Police say they are sounding the alarm on meth use in Wichita, and a Kansas family knows how destructive the drug can be. For the first time, the family of Cody Greeson is speaking out hoping to call more attention to a growing drug problem.
“The police officers told me, 'Your son, Robert Cody Greeson, has been involved in an officer shooting. Your son was killed and the police officer was killed too.' It was devastating to hear that news for everyone involved,” says Sandy Stull, the mother of Cody Greeson told us as she fought back tears.
Cody Greeson, a known meth user, shot and killed Deputy Robert Kunze in September of 2018 in rural Sedgwick County. Sandy and Cody’s sister, Kayla Evans, talked about the son and brother they once knew.
“He was boisterous fun, smiling all the time,” says Sandy.
But they say troubles began for Cody before he even started high school with marijuana. He was arrested for drugs when he was 15 years old.
His sister says soon after that is when they believe he turned to methamphetamine. He spent much of his young adult years in and out of jail.
“He would get out and work toward a better life and be positive, but the meth is right there. It’s always right around the corner it seems like,” says Kayla.
The next corner took Cody down a rural road in Sedgwick County where he shot and killed Deputy Kunze. Kunze returned fire and both men died. Deputy Kunze left behind a wife and a young daughter.
“I'm very sorry...I know this doesn't bring him back. I just want you to know I pray for you all the time and just want you to know how very sorry we are,” Sandy says crying.
Her daughter Kayla echoes those thoughts.
“I can only hope for the Kunze family that they have all the help and support to get through such a terrible time,” says Kayla.
Surveillance video shows Cody the night before the shooting and his erratic behavior outside of a Wichita home. He was stealing things from cars, including a gun that hours later he used to kill Deputy Kunze. His family says meth had consumed his life and despite efforts to help him, he couldn’t break the addition.
“This last bout he went through was different. It was a different type of meth,” says Sandy.
“We go the site where it occurred and we pray for the officer and my brother. We pray for everyone involved especially their family. We pray for peace and hopefully, they can find happiness. Hopefully, one day they can have that,” says Kayla.
Sandy and Kayla blame no one but Cody, but want people to know the power of a drug that police say is creating a crisis in our state.
“It destroys lives...it's almost like a weapon of mass destruction this drug,” Sandy says.
Wichita police say they want to "sound the alarm" on meth in the city.
Name the crime, and chances are it will come back to meth. Assaults and burglaries have doubled in just three years and police are pointing directly at meth as the reason. Meth arrests are up 50 percent in the same three years.
“We’ve seen a massive increase in meth. It used to be crack cocaine and now it's meth. Meth and marijuana are the primary drugs in Wichita,” says Cpt. Paul Duff Captain.
Police are no longer busting home cook meth labs in Kansas. The new meth is all coming from Mexico. Border agents and police are seizing hundreds of pounds of meth at a time.
“For a home cook, the filter was the size of a coffee pot filter. If you look at the labs south of the border, they use a bed sheet. You used to get less than an ounce and now you're getting 20 pounds per cook,” says Dep. Chief Jose Salcido.
The meth from 10 or 15 years ago was about 40 percent pure. Now, police say it’s greater than 95 percent pure and it’s being made in mass quantities.
It’s also cheaper. Meth from a decade ago cost about $18,000 per pound. Today, a pound of meth that’s twice as strong costs about $3,500.
“They consume a person's life to the point they will do anything, and I mean anything, to get money so they can go buy drugs,” says Sgt. Trevor McDonald who used to work undercover.
Police say locking up addicts will not solve the problem. They say it’s going to take a community coming together to offer more treatment and mental health options. Police also hope to reach kids at a younger age in schools and at home to teach them about the dangers of meth.