Police officer shot in Kansas City dies

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — 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.

Police 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.

Police reported one suspect was in custody, and they are currently searching for another.

The officer shot was originally responding to an armed disturbance call near 2nd and Edgerton, then the call went out that the officer was shot just before 2 p.m. in the area of 22nd and Haskell, in the Juniper Gardens section.

A Kansas City police officer is in critical condition after he was shot while responding to 911 call. (WDAF)

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.