Providers Murdered in Station
An EMT and a paramedic for Kansas City’s MAST system were shot and killed April 3 in what was described as an “ambush.”
The bodies of medic Katherine Malone, 30, and EMT Tye Brown, 33, were found at the fire station in Edwardsville, KS. Police quickly identified Malone’s ex-husband, Matthew Bass, 37, as the killer, but Bass committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.
Malone and Brown, who were each shot several times, were living together in nearby Johnson County. Malone had obtained a protection order against Bass. She and Brown were alone in the fire station the night they were shot.
“He worried about me,” Brown’s brother, Devlin Brown, a Kansas City firefighter, said. “I never worried about him.”
Another MAST medic, Mary Seymour, was shot twice in the chest while responding to a call in February, but survived and is expected to recover fully. Malone and Brown were the first MAST workers killed in the line of duty.
—Kansas City Star