The man identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was on probation for an Ellis County conviction, one of several here in his record.
Deputy Robert Kunze, a 12-year veteran of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon while checking on a report of a suspicious character about 20 miles west of Wichita.
While on the call, Kunze activated an emergency button on his portable radio, and another deputy who responded found Kunze and Robert Cody Greeson on the ground, both with gunshot wounds. The deputy was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, where he was pronounced dead. Greeson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
Greeson was still on probation from a December 2016 conviction in Ellis County on three counts of assault, one count of interference with a law officer and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
He had prior convictions in Ellis County as well, dating back to 2010, according to Ellis County District Court records:
• He was arrested in April 2010 in an undercover drug investigation. He pleaded and was convicted on July 19, 2010, on felony sale of marijuana and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, receiving 18 months probation with a 15-month underlying prison sentence. A separate charge of possession of marijuana from Aug. 9, 2010, was dropped in the plea deal.
At the time, his only prior convictions were for driving while suspended in 2007 and minor in possession in 2008, both in Ellis County.
• On Aug. 31, 2010, Greeson was arrested along with a roommate after an altercation outside the Golden Q, 809 Ash, in which he struck Robert F. McDonald, resulting in a 2-inch laceration on the back of McDonald’s head that required nine stitches. Greeson pleaded to reckless aggravated battery and was sentenced Jan. 4, 2011, to 10 months in prison with a 12-month post-release supervision. He served eight months with credit for time in the county jail. He also still had 18 months probation on his first felony conviction.
• On June 14, 2013, he was convicted on a drug distribution charge in Pawnee County and went back to prison until Aug. 28, 2015. That charge resulted in his probation in Ellis County being revoked.
• On Feb. 25, 2016, he was charged in the case for which he was serving the latest probation. On Dec. 20, 2016, he was sentenced to 24 months probation with a 270 day underlying prison sentence. That resulted in a Dec. 3, 2017, arrest for violation of probation on the Pawnee County conviction, and he returned to prison until Nov. 1, 2017.