LENEXA, Kan. -- His body riddled with bullets, a Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy is in a hospital fighting to survive. The deputy was off-duty when he unexpectedly found himself at the end of a crime spree that criss-crossed the state line.
The deputy's shift had just ended when he stopped by a 7-Eleven in Kansas City, Kan., on his way home. That's when investigators say three men burst in, hit the clerk with a gun and shot the deputy several times in the chest.
Fox 4 is told the deputy fell to the ground and used his portable radio to call in "officer down" before he took one last bullet to the face.
The deputy's pastor tells Fox 4 the victim took several gunshots, leaving 14 bullet holes in his body. His church, Lenexa Christian Center, prayed for him and invited Fox 4 to the service.
Family has requested the sheriff's office not release his name Wednesday night and Fox 4 is respecting their wishes, but we can tell you that name was in the mind's and heart's of every person inside.
"He needs an absolute miracle," Pastor Matt Purkey told the congregation.
Pastor Purkey led the church in prayer. They prayed for the deputy, his wife and 15 year old son as they faced the hardest day of their lives.
The congregation also prayed for the suspects who shot the deputy. Close friends say they forgive them and just pray that the deputy makes a full recovery.
"This is a man I've known for many many years. I recall holding their little baby. He used to run all over the place he's bigger now. His son, his wife, they covet your prayers. I pray that you don't leave this auditorium without praying for him one time," Pastor Purkey said.
The sheriff's office says the deputy is still listed in critical condition, but they too are optimistic he will survive.