September 14, 1999
Worcester County Sheriff
Purnell received K-9 CZAR in 1998 when he worked with the Ocean City, MD
He left the
department and he was allowed to take Czar with him when he started
working for the sheriff's office.
K-9 Czar died of a
brain tumor when he was close to age six.
Deputy Purnell remained in K9 unit
and has a new
by Jenny Smith
Deputy James "Monk"
Clay County Sheriff's
Wednesday, November 17, 1999
by Wayne Culley
Kan. (APBnews.com) -- A sheriff's deputy and his police dog were shot
dead as they tried to apprehend an escaped jail inmate, authorities
said today. Clay County Deputy Jim "Monk" Kenney, 62, was killed at
about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when he and his dog, Copper, tried to execute a
search warrant at the home of 22-year-old Jeffery Hebert, who had
escaped from the jail in nearby Cloud County on Monday, officials
said. Kenney and his dog were leading a team of officers into the
suspect's home when Hebert allegedly burst out and shot the officer in
the head with a shotgun. The six-year veteran, who had started the
department's K-9 Unit, was pronounced dead at Clay County Medical
Center. The dog was also killed instantly. Tiffany Ball, a spokeswoman
for the Kansas Attorney General's Office, said authorities do not know
what prompted Hebert to open fire. He had been nearing the end of a
term for a violation of the probation he received for marijuana
possession and DUI charges, officials said. Hebert had escaped from jail
after overpowering two guards. A manhunt ensued that included as many as
40 officers who combed the county. Kenney was leading a small group of
officers tasked with searching for the suspect at his Clay County home.
Hebert is now being held on $750,000 bail on a charge of first-degree
murder and misdemeanor killing of a police dog. He could face the death
penalty, but Ball said a decision has not been made. The deputy was a
retired Wichita Kansas police officer. He trained police K-9s for
officers in southeast Kansas. He loved the job so much after retiring he
decided to join the small Sheriffs department so he could still work
dogs. MORGANVILLE -- Sheriff's Deputy James "Monk" Kenney, 62, was
fatally shot as he attempted to serve a warrant for an escaped inmate
inside a house Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Kansas Bureau of
Investigation spokesman Scott Teeselink said Jeffery Hebert, 22,
Morganville, was taken into custody following the shooting. Law
Enforcement Center records show the arrest was made around 4 p.m.
Tuesday. Hebert, wearing a bullet-proof vest and restraints, made a
first appearance at 2 p.m. today in Clay County District Court. In the
two-count complaint filed by County Attorney Doug Martin, Hebert is
charged with first degree murder and inflicting death on a police dog.
Magistrate Judge Paul Wright set Hebert's preliminary hearing date
tentatively for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Hebert, who was represented
by a public defender, was ordered held on $750,000 cash or surety bond
by Wright. The KBI is heading
investigation of the shooting death of the veteran law enforcement
officer Kenney, who started the Clay County K-9 unit. Many Clay County
residents and -- certainly his fellow officers -- remained in a state of
shock today over Kenney's death. KBI agent Wiley Kerr, Clay Center,
directed all questions about the investigation to Teeselink. Teeselink
told the Dispatch Kenney was executing a search warrant with other
officers when he was shot. Teeselink said four KBI officers this morning
were assigned to the investigation and up to six KBI officers could be
involved in working on the case with local authorities. "There will be
literally hundreds of hours of investigation to take place," Teeselink
said. "There's still a lot of work yet to do." Teeselink declined to
answer detailed questions about the investigation or weapons involved.
those details will not be released until the trial," Teeselink said.
Teeselink said the KBI will be working with County Attorney Martin and
the Kansas Attorney General's office on the case. Martin said he sought
the Attorney General's office assistance to serve as the lead
prosecuting agency, based on mutually agreed guidelines. Hebert was one
of three men who escaped Monday night from the Cloud County Jail in
Concordia, Teeselink said. The other two were captured Monday night.
Hebert, formerly of Clay Center, had been serving time in Cloud County
for violating probation and possession of marijuana. Cloud County
Sheriff's Investigator Steven Rupert said Hebert escaped about 9:30 p.m.
Monday along with Thomas E. Smith Jr., of Clyde, and Russell T. Britt,
of Concordia. Smith, 22, and Britt, 19, were captured Monday night.
Smith was arrested at a friend's home, and Britt was arrested while
trying to get to a relative's house in Clyde. Rupert said both were
charged with aggravated escape from custody and aggravated assault on a
corrections officer. The three inmates escaped by overpowering a
corrections officer and breaking out of the jail's main window, falling
10 feet to the ground. Rupert said the three suffered minor scrapes,
while the officer had minor injuries. Smith was being held on charges of
aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a
child. Britt was being held for violation of probation for burglary,