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Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Captain’s Son Arrested For Murdering His Father

Zachary Arnold, 22, has been charged in the fatal shooting of his father, a Wyandotte County sheriff's captain.

Kansas City, KS – The 22-year-old son of slain Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Captain Christopher Arnold has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with his father’s death.

Kansas City, Kansas police received a 911 call from 22-year-old Zachary Arnold at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Saturday night, KSHB reported.

Zachary told police that a shooting had occurred, prompting police to respond to Capt. Arnold’s home on North 76th Street.

They found the veteran deputy’s body inside his home.

First responders said that Capt. Arnold was murdered during a domestic dispute, according to KSNT.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office has charged Zachary with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting his father to death, The Kansas City Star reported.

He was booked into the Johnson County Jail without bond, according to the Associated Press.

The circumstances that preceded the fatal shooting are unclear, The Kansas City Star reported.

Capt. Arnold would have celebrated his 59th birthday on Monday, according to his department.

“Please keep us and his family in your prayers as we work through this tragedy,” the agency said in a Facebook post.

Capt. Arnold served the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for 28 years, according to his obituary.

Over the years, he worked as a K9 commander and range master, and was also a small arms and Taser instructor.

“Today we lost a good man,” Wyandotte County Fraternal Order of Police President Jeff Tayler said, according to KSHB. “It pains me to think of how he passed.”

Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash described Capt. Arnold as “a man of integrity” in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon.

“[He] loved his family, especially his son Zach,” Sheriff Ash said. “It’s hard to make sense of events such as these. I learned a long time ago that it is futile to ask ‘why’ such things happen, especially to really good people.”

“I don’t think I will ever forget Chris Arnold and those of you that knew him, even for a short period of time, probably won’t forget him either,” the sheriff added. “Let’s pull together in this difficult time and bring honor to Chris’ life and service.”

In addition to his son, Capt. Arnold leaves behind his stepdaughter, sisters, step granddaughter, and many friends and extended family members, according to his obituary.

“The tragic death of Chris is no secret,” the captain’s family noted in his obituary. “We will all never be the same again.”

“We want to remind everyone that Chris loved his son very much. Everyone that knows him knows he was a dedicated single father,” the family said. “With this being said, in honor of Chris, let us remember, that everyone is fighting a battle you may not understand. Be kind. Always be kind.”

Capt. Arnold’s funeral service has been scheduled to take place on Oct. 12.

Holly Matkin - October Wed, 2019


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