The Latest: Mourners leave flowers for slain Kansas officer

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an officer from Kansas City, Kansas (all times local):

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.


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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