Type of Officer: Police Captain
Jurisdiction: Kansas City
Death Date: 07/19/2016
Added to Memorial: 2017
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On July 19, 2016, Kansas City, Kansas Police Captain Robert Melton #1799 was killed by gunfire. On aforementioned date, at 1333 hours, officers of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department were dispatched to 2nd and Edgerton Avenue on reports of shots fired in the area. A general description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast and shortly thereafter officers located the vehicle. A vehicle pursuit was initiated to the area of 15th and Rowland, at which time the suspects bailed from the vehicle. One suspect was quickly taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a firearm. The second suspect fled on foot to the area of 22nd and Haskell where Captain Robert Melton encountered him. Several shots were fired by the suspect at Captain Melton. Captain Melton sustained critical injuries from the gunshots and was transported to KU Medical Center where he died from his injuries.