A Kansas police captain was shot and killed in the line of duty as he answered a call about a drive-by shooting, authorities said.
Kansas City Police Capt. Robert Melton, 46, responded Tuesday to reports of gunfire along with other officers, police said.
The 17-year department veteran was rushed to the University of Kansas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Melton was shot in his cruiser as he drove up to a group of people who matched descriptions of suspects who had earlier fled from officers, police said.
Those officers had arrested one man at the scene where gunfire was reported, according to CBS News.
Melton was promoted to captain in 2015. He joined the force in 1999.
A suspect in his shooting has been arrested.
Police Chief Terry Ziegler asked for the public’s prayers. No further information was released about the slain officer.