Kansas City police shooting: Captain shot and killed in latest violent incident

The officer has been identified as police captain David Melton

Feliks Garcia
New York
,Rachael Revesz
Tuesday 19 July 2016 20:47
Dave Melton worked on the force for over 20 years
Dave Melton worked on the force for over 20 years

A Kansas City police captain has been shot and killed.

Police have one suspect in custody and are on the lookout for another.

The Kansas City Star reported that police reponded to a disturbance call in a residential neighbourhood around 1.30pm local time.

A person reportedly told 911 operators that they were being shot at by multiple people in a vehicle.

Multiple suspects fled from the scene as law enforcement has surrounded the residential area.

Police captain David Melton was shot 30 minutes after the initial call, as he was driving towards the shooting suspects in his car.

He later died in hospital from his injuries, according to the AP.

According to his LinkedIn page, Mr Melton began to work as a police lieutenant in Wyandotte County Sheriff's office in November 1990, working for the Kansas Army National Guard and joining the Kansas City force as a patrol officer in 1999.

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Dozens of SWAT officers were reportedly on the scene. They cleared a woman and her children from the area after she came out of the house, her hands raised, and spoke with them.

“Start prayers,” police chief Terry Zeigler tweeted Tuesday afternoon, in response to the injured officer.

According to the Star, this is the second cop to be shot in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2016.

Detective Brad Lancaster, 39, was shot and killed on 9 May while assisting other officers on a suspicious person call. He had served on the force for 20 years.

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