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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Today an Overland Park Police Officer was killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting. While this is heartbreaking news I was immediately thrust back to the emotions and thoughts at the time of your murder. You were a man of integrity, honor, and heroism. You were the leader of men and will always be missed. You were the one Sergeant and Captain that I looked up to and aspired to be remotely like. This Kansas City Kansas Police Department is not the same without you. The leadership in the department is extremely poor and non-existent since your passing and the men and woman of this department miss your leadership every day.

KCKPD Officer

May 4, 2020

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