Officer in Kansas City, Kansas killed in the line of duty identified

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An officer with the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department died Tuesday after being shot while investigating a report of a drive-by shooting with other officers, reports CBS affiliate KCTV.

The initial call came in around 1:33 p.m.

Another officer took a suspect into custody minutes later, but other suspects fled, according to police.

According to CBS 2, Capt. Robert Dave Melton was shot while inside his squad car as he approached a group of people matching the suspects’ descriptions.

That shooting happened around 1:58 p.m.

Melton died about an hour later from his injuries.

Multiple people are in custody, but police say they are searching for additional suspects.

Kansas City, Kansas police chief Terry Zeigler tweeted, “start prayers.”

Melton, 46, was promoted to captain in May 2015. He had been with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department since 1999. Prior to that, he served with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office for nine years. Melton was also a member of the Kansas National Guard from 2007 to 2012.

Tuesday’s shooting was the second of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer since early May, when a police detective was shot and killed near Kansas Speedway.