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Kansas City Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

An officer with the Kansas City, KS Police Department was killed in the line of duty today. KCKPD reported an officer down at approximately 2pm. Initial reports indicate Capt. Robert Melton was shot after responding with other officers to a shots fired call and that multiple suspects are in custody. Melton was apparently hit, was transported to to the University of Kansas Hospital and succumbed to his wounds. Few aditional details are available at this time, though a police spokesman on the scene did confirm the officer's car was in the street with “blood and glass all around it.”

No information regarding identity, gender or ethnicity of the suspect has yet been released, and Kansas City, KA Mayor Mark Holland advised the cautioned the public, “Don't jump to conclusions about this.”

Capt. Melton was with the KCKPD for approximately 10 years; before that he served the Wyandotte Co. Sheriff's Office. He was also a veteran of the Kansas National Guard.

This is the second KCKPD officer killed in as many months — Detective Brad Lancaster was shot and killed in the line of duty in early May.

The FBI and ATF on scene and assisting in the investigation. More news can be found here.

We don't know yet if this event or other events are connected to the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, though attacks on officers seem to be happening with increasing frequency across the nation. Yesterday, for instance (Monday the 18th), a Columbus, OH police officer was hospitalized after finding shards of glass in his sandwich.

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