BREAKING: Police Officer Shot & Killed In Middle Of Kansas City Street, Police Response Fierce

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As reported by the Kansas City Star, a Kansas City police officer was shot at the intersection of Haskell and 22nd on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. and placed in critical condition. Police Chief Terry Zeigler sent out a tweet asking for prayers for the fatally wounded officer, who succumbed later in the day.

According to a statement made by Kansas City police (KCK), the police were responding to a phone call about an armed disturbance. When police arrived, several people in an automobile began shooting at them. One suspect was taken into custody at the scene. When a KCK officer attempted to stop another suspect, multiple shots were fired and one officer was hit at approximately 1:58 p.m.

The Kansas City Star now reports that the officer was Capt. Robert Melton. A University of Kansas hospital trauma surgeon said:

‘Despite our best efforts, the officer was pronounced at 2:55 p.m.’

Police searched the area for the remaining suspects and blocked off several streets throughout the afternoon. At one point, Kansas City police were kneeling outside a home at 16th and Quindaro when a woman came outside with her hands raised. She then spoke to officers for a few moments, telling them that there were two young children inside the home. The children were removed to safety, and a SWAT team was sent in around 3:00 p.m., but no suspects were found in the house.

WDAF Kansas City Fox 4 television provided the following video and further details.

Police spokesman Tom Tomasic said that the stricken officer was responding to a report of an “armed disturbance” by four males parked in a vehicle. Tomasic believes that the officer was alone at the time, despite a recent announcement that officers would be responding to calls in pairs.

‘He was alone at the time. I don’t want to go into details why. We don’t know the situation yet. People need to be notified before I start giving out any details on that.’

Tomasic told the press that he did not know if the shooting of the officer was related to other attacks on police that have occurred recently across the country. Today’s shooting also makes the second KCK officer killed in the line of duty in the past two months.

Josh Marshall, of local TV station KCTV 5, followed up on Twitter as news continued to break throughout the afternoon.

Featured image via KCTV-5