UPDATE: 5:51 pm Eastern
The police officer has been identified as Captain Robert Melton. He has passed away from his injuries. He was shot at 2:45 pm and pronounced dead at 2:55 pm. Captain Melton was a veteran of Afghanistan.
A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas is in critical condition and fighting for his life after being shot when responding to an armed disturbance call. Police chief Terry Ziegler asked everyone on social media to pray.
We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.
— Terry Zeigler (@KCKPDChief) July 19, 2016
Although many police departments around the country have implemented a policy of not having officers work patrol alone due to the increased violence against police officers and the anti-police rhetoric which drives it, police admit that this as yet unidentified officer was alone at the time. It is not known, however, if he was separated from a partner as he pursued a second suspect.
Officer Tom Tomasic addressed the issue saying, “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.” They are also unsure if this attack and shooting has any connection to the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and other areas.
The police department in Kansas City, Missouri stood in solidarity with the Kansas City, Kansas police and officers everywhere.
Not again. Prayers started. https://t.co/LyMfxbYzeM
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) July 19, 2016
One person of interest is in custody. Officer Tomasic said they believe this person is involved with the shooting of this officer. There are one or two others that they believe may be involved as well.
Kansas City, Kansas is less than four miles across the Kansas-Missouri border from Kansas City, Missouri. If you recall, Kansas City, Missouri is where the now deceased cop killer, who ambushed and murdered three police officers and injured three in Baton Rouge, lived.
h/t FOX 4