Police captain dies after he was shot in Kansas City; chief asks people to 'start prayers'

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, who was shot Tuesday while investigating an armed disturbance call, has died, Dr. James Howard of the University of Kansas Hospital said.

The officer was identified by police Chief Terry Zeigler as Capt. Robert Melton.

Zeigler told reporters the officer was looking for four people in a car around 2 p.m. when the vehicle was spotted and a chase began. The chase ended about 2 miles from where the suspects were initially reported to a 911 dispatcher.

"As Capt. Melton was arriving, the suspects bailed from the vehicle and began firing," the chief said. "I don't have any more details than that."

Another officer who had just arrived called for assistance, police spokesman Thomas Tomasic said.

Tomasic sad he knew the officer who had been shot, calling him a "good friend, good person."

One person is in custody and two others who might be connected to the incident have been detained. Police are searching for at least one more suspect, Tomasic said.