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Captain Robert David Melton | Kansas City Police Department, Kansas Kansas City Police Department, Kansas


Robert David Melton

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 1799

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: At large

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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.

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Captain, I heard a portion of the radio call that day and the sound of your officers voices while helping you will forever be clear in my mind. I knew it was an officer down by their tone and urgency. While your fellow officers attended your services, I had the honor of patrolling your streets for them. Standing at the location you were murdered really hit home with me. I still wear the thin blue line wristband your department gave us for helping. As 2016 came to a close, I continued to think about that day despite never meeting you. Rest In Peace sir, we'll take it from here.

K9 Handler Clausius
Olathe KS PD
January 2, 2017


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