KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A police officer has died after he was shot Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas, while responding to a 911 call, according to police chief Terry Zeigler.
Zeigler tweeted at about 2:02 p.m., encouraging people to “start prayers.” Officer Tom Tomasic said the officer is at the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.
— KCKPD (@KCKPDChief) July 19, 2016
Zeigler held a news conference at 4 p.m. at the University of Kansas Hospital, where he confirmed that the officer had died of his injuries.
Melton was shot while responding to an armed disturbance involving four males in a vehicle near 2nd and Edgerton, a few miles east of where he was shot.
Police reported one suspect was in custody, and they are currently searching for another.
This makes the second instance of a Kansas City, Kan. officer shot in the line of duty since the May 9 shooting of Det. Brad Lancaster.
Officer Tomasic said that news of the shooting is hitting the department especially hard following Lancaster's death.
"It definitely makes it worse, you've got the feelings of two months ago coming up with the brand new ones," Tomasic said. "It's hard, it's very hard right now. Especially when it's someone who's very close."
This is a developing story.