A police officer has been shot dead, after responding to reports of a shooting, in Kansas City, in the US state of Kansas.
A police officer was shot dead in Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday, after he responded to a report of shots fired by several people in a car.
Kansas City police chief Terry Ziegler identified the officer as Captain Robert Melton.
“At approximately 2 o’clock today there was a drive-by shooting down on First Street,” Ziegler said at a press conference late on Tuesday afternoon. When officers arrived, he said, “the suspect vehicle took off” and a car chase ensued as more police joined the pursuit.
At an intersection, Ziegler said, “the suspects bailed from he vehicle and opened fire, striking Captain Melton and fatally wounding him.”
One suspect was caught shortly after the shooting of Melton, but a second officer was shot at just twenty minutes later when he tried to confront another suspect, police said.
The injured officer’s car was in the middle of the street, police spokesman Cameron Morgan said.
“There’s glass and blood all around it,” Morgan said, adding that authorities are looking for additional suspects.
Dr James Howard, a trauma surgeon at the University of Kansas hospital, said Melton had arrived at the hospital but he had no blood pressure or heart rate, and “despite our best efforts the officer was pronounced dead”.
Mayor Mark Hollande pleaded for calm and urged people not to jump to conclusions prompted by the charged atmosphere between communities and police around the country.