Three Cowley County, KS, Sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded Friday afternoon while checking out a suspicious vehicle.

A Kansas Bureau of Investigation release says that around 12:50 on Friday afternoon, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office requested the KBI conduct an investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that Cowley County deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle, a black Jeep Liberty, and at 12:10 p.m., deputies radioed they located the vehicle about five miles north of Winfield, parked a quarter-mile west of U.S. Highway 77.

Three deputies approached the Jeep and made contact with a female driver. She did not comply with their commands to get out of the vehicle, and when they attempted to remove her, she brandished a handgun and gunfire was exchanged, authorities say.

All three deputies were hit during the shooting. The woman was killed at the scene, KSNW reports.

EMS transported the two of the deputies to a Wichita hospital while one was airlifted. Following treatment, two of the deputies have been listed in “good” condition. The third deputy was more seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

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