The Latest: Slain Kansas officer’s partner is expecting


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an officer from Kansas City, Kansas (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

A slain Kansas City, Kansas, police officer had been awaiting the arrival of another child.

Police said in a release Wednesday that Capt. Robert Melton’s partner was pregnant and due to give birth this winter.

Melton was shot and killed Tuesday when he was responding to a police call. Two suspects are in custody.

Police say Melton has three other children from previous relationships, and that Melton’s pregnant partner also has two children.

Police say he also leaves four brothers and five sisters.

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1:25 p.m.

The Kansas National Guard says a slain Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was a decorated veteran who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police Capt. Robert Melton died Tuesday after he was shot while responding to a police call. Authorities say the attack wasn’t a planned ambush. Two suspects are in custody.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli said Wednesday in a statement that Melton served in the guard from 1986 until he retired in 2012. He says there are “many heavy hearts” after Melton’s death, which he calls a “senseless tragedy.”

The guard says Melton served in Iraq in 2006 to 2007 and in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012, and received several military honors, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

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12:30 p.m.

The top Republican in the Kansas Senate says President Barack Obama has “stoked the flames of anger and hostility” toward law enforcement officers.

Senate President Susan Wagle, of Wichita, made her comments as Kansas officials expressed sadness over the shooting death of a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain.

Wagle cited Obama’s public comments about shootings by police in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which were followed by deadly attacks on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Wagle said the Democratic president has painted law enforcement officers as “people of bias.”

She also said officers and their communities need to build stronger relationships so that people being protected by the police trust them.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback told a meeting of top lawmakers Wednesday that the Kansas, shooting was “a terrible tragedy.”

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11 a.m.

The police chief in Kansas City, Kansas, says the department hopes to present the findings of its investigation into a captain’s killing to prosecutors soon.

Chief Terry Zeigler said during a news conference that all suspects are thought to be in custody and that the investigation will go to prosecutors later Wednesday.

Capt. Robert Melton was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect, and died at a hospital shortly after.

Zeigler described the 46-year-old as a “big personality” and “gregarious.” He said it wasn’t unusual that Melton, as a captain, was responding because Melton’s philosophy was to “lead from the front.”

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10:45 a.m.

The police chief in Kansas City, Kansas, says the officer who died was shot several times through his window.

Chief Terry Zeigler said during a news conference Wednesday that authorities believe they have all suspects in custody, but no charges have been announced.

He also said the attack isn’t part of the recent string of shootings in the U.S., but that “hate against police has got to stop.”

Capt. Robert Melton was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect, and died at a hospital shortly after.

Zeigler choked up at the podium as he thanked the community for their support.

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10:40 a.m.

The mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, says authorities don’t believe the fatal shooting of an officer was part of a planned ambush, but someone trying to evade arrest.

Mayor Mark Holland of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County also said during a Wednesday news conference that the community is still “healing and reeling” from the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, officer in May, which was the first in the department in 19 years.

Capt. Robert Melton was fatally shot Tuesday while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect.

Wyandotte County Commissioner Harold Johnson said a short prayer before the news conference began.

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10:10 a.m.

Police in Kansas City, Kansas, have set up a table draped in blue cloth inside its headquarters where people can place cards and flowers honoring a slain officer.

Thirty-one-year-old Kathryn Courtney described Capt. Robert Melton as “born to protect and serve” as she left a bouquet of yellow daisies Wednesday. Courtney said she had known Melton for nearly 20 years and that he was “a wonderful man with a heart of gold.”

Melton was killed Tuesday while searching for a drive-by shooting suspect. Police have scheduled a 10:30 a.m. news conference to provide more details.

Police employees were taking the items left outside the headquarters and bringing them to the lobby’s memorial.

Police said in a news release that Melton’s relatives are asking for privacy.

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1 a.m.

Authorities are expected to release further details about the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain who was searching for a drive-by shooting suspect.

Police are holding a Wednesday morning news conference in the shooting death of Capt. Robert Melton. A suspect is in custody, but the person’s name hadn’t been released because no charges had been filed by Tuesday night, hours after the shooting.

The 46-year-old Melton was a 17-year veteran of the department.

Police spokesman Tom Tomasic said Melton was searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting when he drove up to someone matching the description. Tomasic said that before Melton could get out of his vehicle, the person opened fire and hit the officer multiple times.

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