KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an officer from Kansas City, Kansas (all times local):
The mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, says authorities don’t believe the fatal shooting of an officer was part of a planned ambush, but someone trying to evade arrest.
Mayor Mark Holland of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County also said during a Wednesday news conference that the community is still “healing and reeling” from the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, officer in May, which was the first in the department in 19 years.
Capt. Robert Melton was fatally shot Tuesday while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect.
Wyandotte County Commissioner Harold Johnson said a short prayer before the news conference began.
Police in Kansas City, Kansas, have set up a table draped in blue cloth inside its headquarters where people can place cards and flowers honoring a slain officer.
Thirty-one-year-old Kathryn Courtney described Capt. Robert Melton as “born to protect and serve” as she left a bouquet of yellow daisies Wednesday. Courtney said she had known Melton for nearly 20 years and that he was “a wonderful man with a heart of gold.”
Melton was killed Tuesday while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect. Police have scheduled a 10:30 a.m. news conference to provide more details.
Police employees were taking the items left outside the headquarters and bringing them to the lobby’s memorial.
Police said in a news release that Melton’s relatives are asking for privacy.
Authorities are expected to release further details about the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain who was searching for a drive-by shooting suspect.
Police are holding a Wednesday morning news conference in the shooting death of Capt. Robert Melton. A suspect is in custody, but the person’s name hadn’t been released because no charges had been filed by Tuesday night, hours after the shooting.
The 46-year-old Melton was a 17-year veteran of the department.
Police spokesman Tom Tomasic said Melton was searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting when he drove up to someone matching the description. Tomasic said that before Melton could get out of his vehicle, the person opened fire and hit the officer multiple times.