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Kansas Revenue Secretary Says Agency Will Study Security After Shooting

Revenue Secretary Sam Williams. (File photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams and agency staff will conduct a complete review of security following the shooting of a state revenue agent in Wichita. Police say 51-year-old Ricky Todd Wirths shot worker Cortney Holloway after revenue agents seized assets from Wirths for failure to pay back taxes.

“Obviously, right now we’re just worried about healing and Cortney. Once that’s resolved, we’ll do whatever we need to do to make sure that our employees continue to be safe and the public,” said Williams.

Holloway is currently recovering. Police have charged Wirths with attempted first-degree murder.

Williams said this isn't something the agency has had to deal with before.

“The important thing to remember is we’ve done thousands and thousands of transactions every day for years and this hasn’t happened. We need to make sure that we react in the proper way to handle this situation,” said Williams.

At least one state lawmaker is criticizing a lack of security in the office. Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, blames the state's push to privatize office space. According to the Wichita Eagle, the office was moved three years ago from a state building with guards to its current private facility.

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