By Casey Harper
A Kansas police captain has been fatally shot in a string of attacks on police officers.
Kansas City Police Capt. Robert David Melton was fatally shot Tuesday, The Kansas City Star reports. There have been recent fatal cop shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Melton was a veteran who went to Afghanistan. He responded to a call about someone firing a gun Tuesday afternoon. When officers, including Melton, arrived at the scene, they saw three or four suspects jump from a car and flee. Police made an arrest, but one of the fleeing suspects allegedly fired a shot that hit Melton, killing him.
Kansas grieves for the KCK officer who today lost his life in the line of duty. We pray for his family and stand with the @KCKPDChief.
— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback) July 19, 2016
The Kansas City Police Department posted a statement on Facebook mourning the loss:
Condolences don’t seem enough anymore. Our friends and neighbors across the state line, the Kansas City Kansas Police Department – KCKPD, lost another officer in the line of duty today – their second this year. Another protector’s family is grieving. Another police department is hurting. We all are. We stand ready to assist our neighbors in any way possible.
Also, we appreciate all the support we’ve received from members of our community lately. That’s what we need to get through moments like this. As you saw on Chief Forté’s blog that we posted here earlier today, these are scary times for police and their families. Your prayers and support really mean the world right now. And they mean a lot to our friends and colleagues in KCK, Baton Rouge, Dallas and around the country, as well.