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Kansas City Police Captain Gunned Down

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A police officer in Kansas City, Kan., was fatally shot on Tuesday, authorities said, becoming the latest officer killed during a remarkably deadly period for law enforcement.

Police were responding to reports of a drive-by shooting at about 2 p.m., Terry Zeigler, the city’s police chief, said at a news conference Tuesday. Officers chased a car believed to be involved and when Capt. Robert Melton arrived, suspects shot and killed him, Zeigler said.

The officer was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m. local time, according to James Howard, a trauma surgeon at the University of Kansas Hospital.

“There’s a lot of pain and brokenness in our community and in our nation right now, and we just want to ask everyone to be prayerful and thoughtful right now,” said Mayor Mark Holland, of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

Police offered few immediate details about the shooting, which came at a moment of intense anxiety for law enforcement nationwide after eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were killed in recent shooting attacks.

“We just want to encourage everyone not to jump to conclusions about what has happened today,” Holland said. “We need to do a thorough investigation, and we need to get the facts before we make assumptions about what may or may not have happened. Right now, we just need to be in prayer for the family, and for the police department, not only in this department but everywhere in our country, and prayer for our communities. Our communities are broken right now.”

He continued: “My encouragement is we not go down a path of fear and conclusions and hatred, but we go down a path of thoughtful, prayerful reflection about what we can all do to make our community safer.”

Authorities were still investigating, and another press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to Zeigler.

The officer’s death in Kansas City pushes the total number of law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty to 31 so far this year — up from about 16 at this point last year, and ahead of the average midyear total, which is about 25, according to FBI data.

The numbers have spiked considerably this year just in recent days, with more than a third of these deaths coming in a single 12-day span.

On Sunday, three officers in Baton Rouge were fatally shot by a gunman, while three others were injured. The week before, two bailiffs — both deputized by the sheriff there — were killed in a Michigan courthouse, a shooting that came just days after a gunman fatally shot five police officers in Dallas.

Zeigler had posted on Twitter that an officer was shot and remained in “unknown condition” shortly after 2 p.m. local time.

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We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.
2:02 PM - 19 Jul 2016

The shooting occurred around a residential intersection about two and a half miles from the police department’s headquarters, Zeigler said.

A police detective in this Kansas City — which is much smaller than neighboring Kansas City, Mo. — was fatally shot in May by a man police said was carjacking vehicles and had shot a driver.

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Condolences just don't seem enough anymore. We mourn w/ our @KCKPDHQ brothers & sisters over loss of another officer in line of duty.
4:11 PM - 19 Jul 2016

This latest Kansas City shooting comes just two days after a gunman in Baton Rouge fatally shot three officers there and wounded three others in an attack that police described as a “targeted” assassination of law enforcement officers. (That gunman was from the Kansas City in Missouri, authorities said.)

Just 10 days earlier, a gunman in Dallas who killed five police officers had said he was angered by fatal police actions and wanted to kill officers, authorities said. The violence left many on edge nationwide, as police officers in many cities were ordered to patrol in pairs as a safety measure.


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Re: Kansas City Police Captain Gunned Down

it's a dangerous job and we are more and more taking them for-granted .. I hope the tone changes soon ; even real gangsters respect the law .... These are just punks ..

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Re: Kansas City Police Captain Gunned Down

I live in KC, and was speaking with a client yesterday who said they had just been at lunch with Captain Melton that same day, discussing their upcoming closing on a property the officer and his family were planning on purchasing and moving in to. Not even an hour after their lunch, this man would be clinging to his last bit of life.

I told myself on Sunday "Won't be long until this stuff hits closer to home.." the following day it did.

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I'm sure it was a good guy, who was going to go to a college he was never enrolled at who was just turning his life around and was obviously provoked.
One of KCPD Chief Zeigler's last personal tweets referencing the Baton Rouge shooting and a few comments underneath before KCPD officer Melton was killed:

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Police Capt. Robert Melton has died; second KCK officer shot and killed in two months

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Melton was 46 years old and had served a quarter-century in law enforcement. A veteran of the Kansas Army National Guard, he served in Afghanistan.

It is the second time in less than three months that a Kansas City, Kan., police officer was shot and killed. Detective Brad Lancaster, 39, a nine-year veteran of the department, was killed May 9.

Melton’s shooting also comes in the wake of recent multiple shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., which occurred in the context of police shootings of black men in incidents across the country. The death pushes the number of law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty to 31 so far this year — up from about 16 at this point last year, and ahead of the average midyear total, which is about 25, according to FBI data.

The numbers have spiked considerably just in recent days, with more than a third of these deaths coming in a single 12-day span.

But Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., cautioned at a brief news conference at the hospital Tuesday that the community should not draw premature conclusions about Melton’s killing.

“We’re aware that this is not happening in a microcosm,” Holland said. “But we just want to encourage everyone not to jump to conclusions about what happened today. We need to do a thorough investigation and we need to get the facts before we make assumptions about what may or may not have happened.”

Tuesday’s incident began with a report of a drive-by shooting about 1:30 p.m. at Second Street and Edgerton Driver near downtown Kansas City, Kan. at the Juniper Gardens public housing complex.

When police arrived, a vehicle containing the suspected shooter or shooters took off and there was a chase that ended near 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue about 3 miles away.

“As Capt. Melton was arriving the suspects fell from the vehicle and opened fire, striking Capt. Melton and fatally wounding him,” Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler, also speaking at the press conference, said. “I don’t have any more details than that and it may change as we work our way through this investigation.”

Melton reportedly was shot in the head but neither Zeigler nor Holland would take questions. Another briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“Right now we just need to be in prayer for (Melton’s) family and for our police department,” Holland said. “Not only in this department but everywhere in our country. And prayer for our communities. Our communities are broken right now.

“My encouragement is we not go down a path of fear and conclusions and hatred, but we go down a path of thoughtful, prayerful reflection about what we can all do to make our communities safer.”

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 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.


At the University of Kansas Hospital Tuesday, officers filed in and out of the emergency room doors, most in uniform and some in street clothes. One officer wiped tears from her face as she returned to her patrol car.

Friends of Melton began changing their Facebook profile photos Tuesday afternoon to a police badge with a black stripe over it.

Lansing resident Brionna Cline and her daughter took flowers to police headquarters. With all the police deaths recently, she needed to do something, she said.

“I just wanted to show my support,” she said.

Ronnie Padilla grew up in the neighborhood where the shooting happened and his parents still live there. He said Tuesday that Melton’s death was sad and shocked him.

“We should be different, not answer with violence, you know?” he said.

Statements of condolence poured in Tuesday.

“Serving his community, Captain Melton today made the ultimate sacrifice laying down his life in the line of duty,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “Kansans everywhere mourn his loss, grieve with his family, and pray for his fellow brothers and sisters in blue. Every day they risk their lives to protect ours and we are grateful for their service.”

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer urged all Kansans to pray for unity and healing.

Melton was an alum of Kansas City Kansas Community College and President Dr. Doris Givens issued a statement.

“We were terribly saddened to hear of the death of Captain Melton,” she said. “Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers.”

Word about the shooting began spreading at 2:02 p.m.: Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted, “We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.”

About 30 minutes earlier police received a call about an armed disturbance at an apartment complex, Juniper Gardens, at Second Street and Edgerton Drive. The caller told police that several people in a car were firing shots at them.

Officers arrived within minutes. At that time, three or four people bailed from the car.

An officer took one person into custody near there.

Shortly before 2 p.m., an officer tried to stop another person. Multiple shots were fired and Melton was hit. Police were told that an officer was down at 1:58 p.m.

Police blocked off Haskell Avenue where Melton was shot between 18th Street and 24th Street in their search, and one suspect was arrested in the area. It was unclear when and where police arrested the second suspect.

Police swarmed the area with dozens of officers, some with rifles. Several police were taking cover behind cars at 16th Street and Quindaro Boulevard. A woman came out of a home there with her hands up. Several officers were seen crouching in the street behind a police car with their guns drawn toward the home.

The woman who came out walked up to an officer who was holding a ballistic shield. She stood and talked with the officers. Then she walked away from the officers about 10 feet away toward the home and appeared to be yelling to someone in the house. She told police an 8-year-old and 3-year-old were in the home.

About 30 minutes later, two small children came out of the house and went to the woman. Police moved them out of the way.

About 3:08, a SWAT team shielded by ballistic shields approached and entered the house. About 3:34 p.m. the officers left the house without anyone in custody. A vehicle was towed from the scene.

Many in the Juniper Gardens neighborhood said they work nights, and slept through the afternoon to wake up and find their streets blocked off as a crime scene. Late Tuesday afternoon, a dozen law enforcement officers combed the neighborhood identifying and finding bullet casings and other evidence from the disturbance earlier that day.

Tuesday evening police said they were not looking for more suspects “at this time.”

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Alleged killer of KCK Police Capt. Robert Melton is charged with capital murder (Snipped to avoid redundancy from article above)

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A 20-year-old man with no known criminal record is facing a possible death sentence in the killing of Kansas City, Kan., Police Capt. Robert D. Melton.

Jamaal R. Lewis was charged Thursday with capital murder in the Tuesday shooting of the 46-year-old veteran officer.

“Mr. Lewis fired shots directly at Captain Melton, resulting in Captain Melton’s death,” Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman alleged at a news conference Thursday.

A decision has not been made on whether to seek the death penalty, Gorman said. He met with the Melton family earlier Thursday and said he wanted to give them more time to grieve before discussing the penalty.

Lewis also is charged with aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm. His bond is set at $10 million, according to Wyandotte County jail records.

A second man, 18-year-old Daqon Sipple, was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, criminal discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Bond for Sipple was set at $100,000, records show.

The chain of events that led to the fatal shooting of Melton began early Tuesday afternoon at the Juniper Gardens apartments near Second Street and Edgerton Avenue.

There, Sipple, Lewis and a third person, who remains at large, were allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting in which no one was hit. Gorman said police think Lewis was driving the car and Sipple fired seven or eight shots at an unoccupied apartment.

Gorman said Tuesday that the shooting was apparently the result of a problem between two groups.

Shortly after an officer saw the car reportedly involved in that shooting near 15th Street and Rowland Avenue. Sipple was arrested at that time and had a 9 mm handgun, Gorman said. The charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer stems from Sipple’s actions during the arrest. Gorman did not elaborate Thursday.

Two other people fled on foot and the officer broadcast their descriptions to other officers.

Melton was in the area when he and another officer saw Lewis near 22nd Street and Georgia Avenue, Gorman said.

Melton attempted to block Lewis with a patrol car, but before Melton could get out, Lewis allgedly pulled out a gun and fired into the car, striking Melton several times, Gorman said.

Other officers began first aid and the captain was rushed to a hospital, but he died about an hour later.

After Melton was shot, Lewis ran into a wooded area, Gorman said. Lewis was arrested near 19th Street and Stewart Avenue about 20 minutes after the shooting.

Lewis was not armed when arrested, but police have recovered the .40-caliber handgun that they believe was used to kill Melton, Gorman said. The gun is being tested.

Gorman said police still want to talk to the third person who fled from the scene, but he said there is currently no evidence that person was involved in firing shots.

While area court records do not show any prior criminal cases for Lewis, some Kansas City, Kan., police officers said they were familiar with him in relation to several disturbances or instances of shots being fired.

Several photographs on his Facebook page appear to show Lewis holding a handgun.


While noting he wasn’t saying that Lewis was involved in other crimes, Gorman said: “There’s a lot of people who do bad things who have not been caught and convicted.”

Sipple had four prior convictions as a juvenile, according to Wyandotte County court records.

In a 2013 case, Sipple pleaded guilty to battery of a school employee.

He was placed on probation with the stipulation that he “avoid negative behaviors” and receive a mental evaluation for anger management, the records show.

A few months later he violated his probation, and it was extended.

It appears from the records that Sipple successfully completed probation and was released from juvenile court jurisdiction.

He had two previous prosecutions for theft in 2009 and one for disorderly conduct in 2010.

Sipple’s grandmother said she was shocked to hear that he was involved in the incident.

She said he had been working different jobs through temporary services and staying out of trouble.

“I was surprised he was mixed up in this,” Patricia Drew said.


Kansas City, Kan., school district records show that Lewis and Sipple had been enrolled in Washington High School at one time, but the records don’t show if either graduated.

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