After the shooting death of a Kansas police officer on Sunday, 36 law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire this year, surpassing the 2017 total.

Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze III, 41, died Sunday afternoon after responding to a call about a suspicious character, Fox News reported.

Kunze and the suspect were both fatally wounded in a struggle after Kunze attempted to apprehend the armed man.


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Responding on "Fox & Friends," former Atlanta police officer Vincent Hill emphasized that Kunze's death shows that no day is "routine" for a police officer. 

"What's more tragic than that, while certain people were out on the field kneeling for the national anthem, who is kneeling for this officer?" he asked

Hill, host of the "Beyond the Badge" podcast, said Kunze and his family "sacrificed everything," criticizing Nike's ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.

"Police in this country do this every single day, their families do this every single day, but they're not the spokesperson of Nike, they're not getting million-dollar endorsements. That's tragic that this is the world we live in right now," said Hill.

He said if 40 or more police officers are killed in 2018 by gunfire, it will be the highest total ever recorded. 

"That is unacceptable," he said, blaming part of the problem on the Obama administration "painting police as the bad guy."

Watch the interview above.


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