- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Kansas City, Kansas police officer shot Tuesday afternoon as he responded to a report of a shooting has died, according to the police department.

Capt. Robert Melton, 46, was shot once and died after being transported to the University of Kansas Hospital.

Police spokeswoman Officer Amber Thomas said the shooting occurred as officers responded to a call made around 1:30 p.m. from a person who said he was being shot at by several individuals.

When officers arrived on scene, three or four people bailed out of a vehicle and began to run. Responding officers were able to arrest one person. About 25 minutes later, Capt. Melton arrived on scene to assist the other officers in their search for the others and encountered one of the suspects. That person opened fire, striking Capt. Melton, police said.

“We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition,” wrote Police Chief Terry Zeigler of the incident on his Twitter account just after 3 p.m.

The fatal shooting comes two months after the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department lost another officer, Detective Brad Lancaster, to gunfire in May.
Capt. Melton had been with the department for 17 years and according to the Kansas City Star had served as a member of the honor guard at Det. Lancaster’s funeral.

Police remained on the lookout for the remaining suspects Tuesday afternoon, Officer Thomas said.

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