A Kansas City, Kansas police officer following up on a crime call Tuesday afternoon was shot and killed by the suspect before he could even step out of his patrol car.
Captain Robert Melton, 46, had served in law enforcement for 17 years, and was a veteran who also served in Afghanistan. He is the second Kansas City police officer to be killed within a 3-month period. On May 9, Detective Brad Lancaster was killed.
The Kansas City Star reports that Tuesday’s events began with a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. about a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex near downtown Kansas City, saying several people were in a car firing shots at them.
When police arrived on the scene, “three or four people bailed from the car”, and an officer reportedly took one person into custody there. The suspected shooters then drove off, with police in pursuit.
As the chase ended, Captain Melton pulled up to the suspects’ vehicle. One of the suspects “fell from the vehicle and opened fire” on Melton, shooting him in the head.
Kansas City Star: Melton worked for the police department’s bureau of operations, a position he held since May 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. He managed staffing and personnel in that role.
Prior to becoming captain, Melton held the rank of sergeant since 2006. He had been a patrol officer for in Kansas City, Kan., from 1999 to 2006 following a nine-year career as a police lieutenant for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s department.
He served in the Kansas Army National Guard and was deployed with a tank squadron to Afghanistan from Sept 2010 to March 2012.
Melton was a member of the honor guard at Detective Lancaster’s funeral in May.
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