Kansas City officer killed in drive-by shooter
It’s the second time Kansas City, Kansas has lost a police officer this year to a shooting.
Authorities say Captain Robert Melton was shot in his vehicle Tuesday when he encountered a man who fit the description of a suspect in a drive-by shooting.
The man was arrested shortly after the officer was shot.
Melton, 46, was a 17-year law enforcement veteran, served in the Kansas National Guard and was known for consistently wearing a bullet-proof vest — something he regularly reminded his colleagues to do as well, officials said. Melton had served in the police honor guard at the funeral of a fellow officer who was shot and killed in May.
Melton’s death is the latest to rock the law enforcement community in the city.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the state "grieves for the KCK officer who today lost his life in the line of duty