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 the 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. The suspect pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and criminal discharge of a firearm. He received life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. The 2nd suspect pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and criminal discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The 2nd suspect had already been taken into custody when Captain Melton had been shot.

Captain Melton was a Kansas National Guard veteran who 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 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 Life with possibility of parole

shots fired, shots fired call

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Melton, you were one of my best friends and someone I greatly admired. It’ll be 8 years this coming July that you were senselessly taken away from all of us. I will never forget where I was when I’d heard of your murder, the impact it has had on me is indescribable. I miss you immensely and will never forget you my dear friend and mentor. There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and what an amazing force you were. Godspeed my friend.

Suicide Prevention Coordinator KSARNG Li
Kansas Army National Guard

February 18, 2024

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