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Kansas City Officer Fatally Shot Wasn't Ambushed: Police Chief

The officer was shot several times and died at a hospital

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    Kansas City, Kan. Police Department via AP
    This undated photo provided by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department show police Captain Robert Melton. A suspect in a drive-by shooting fatally shot Melton on July 19, 2016, as the officer was sitting in his patrol car, police said.

    A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer fatally shot while responding to a gunfire report Tuesday was not ambushed, NBC News reported. 

    The city’s police chief, Terry Zeigler, said Wednesday that Capt. Robert Melton was killed by someone who didn’t want to be arrested. 

    Police were called on a report of shots fired from a car. When officers arrived, someone fled from the vehicle. Melton tried to cut him off with his police car, but the suspect pulled out his gun and opened fire. Melton was shot several times and died at a local hospital. 

    Police have two people in custody and are not looking for any other suspects, Zeigler said. 

    The shooting comes in the wake of deadly ambushes of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.