July 20, 2016
A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was killed Tuesday afternoon after pursuing suspects wanted in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.
Kansas City, Kansas, police captain Robert David Melton has died following a shooting, July 19. KSHBKansas City, Kansas, police Capt. Robert Melton was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said two people are in custody and they are not looking for any other suspects, NBC affiliate KSHB reported.
"There's a lot of pain and brokenness in our community and nation right now," Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland said at a news conference, pleading with residents to "not go down a path" of fear and hatred.
Melton's death is the latest to rock the law enforcement community in the city of 467,000 people after KCK Police Detective Brad Lancaster was killed in May.
Melton, 46, was a 17-year law enforcement veteran, served in the Kansas National Guard and was known for consistently wearing a bullet-proof vest — something he regularly reminded his colleagues to do as well, officials said.
Police Chief Terry Zeigler said details of Melton's shooting would be made public at a news conference Wednesday morning.
The fatal chain of events began when a person called 911 at around 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET) to say multiple people were firing at them from a car, reported NBC affiliate KSHB.
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