Captain Robert David Melton

Captain Robert David Melton

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Robert David Melton

Captain Dave Melton was shot and killed while searching for an armed subject who had fled from other officers who had responded to a shots fired call at approximately 2:00 pm.

As officers arrived on scene several subjects exited the vehicle they were in and fled on foot. One of the men was apprehended immediately. Officers began searching the area for the other subjects. Captain Melton was fatally shot when he encountered one of the men near the intersection of 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue.

Two subjects were taken into custody and additional subjects remain at large.

Captain Melton served with the Kansas City Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He was a veteran of the Kansas National Guard. He is survived by his three children and expectant girlfriend.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 1799
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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I found this website completely by accident today. I was out of the area when this happened and a friend called and told me it was just down the road from my house. I was very sad to hear the news especially since it was so close. I was already grateful for his sacrifice but seeing the actual location, his face, and hearing his friends refer to him by “Dave” (my same name) really bring it’s home. As it turns out it’s not even a mile away and I consider it my house he died protecting when I say
“Thank you officer Robert David Melton for protecting us and keeping us safe.”
God Bless you and your family

David Iverson
N 30th St

October 29, 2018

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