On Tuesday another attack on law enforcement took the life of a Kansas City, Kansas officer as he was making an arrest of a drive-by shooter.
NBC reported on the tragedy. A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was killed Tuesday afternoon after pursuing suspects wanted in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.
A manhunt continued for the shooters hours after gunning down Capt. Robert Melton, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“There’s a lot of pain and brokenness in our community and nation right now,” Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland said at a news conference, pleading with residents to “not go down a path” of fear and hatred.
Melton’s death is the latest to rock the law enforcement community in the city of 467,000 people after KCK Police Detective Brad Lancaster was killed in May.
The region is also reeling after the revelation that Gavin Long, the suspected shooter in Sunday’s deadly ambush of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was from neighboring Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the state “grieves for the KCK officer who today lost his life in the line of duty.”
Kansas grieves for the KCK officer who today lost his life in the line of duty. We pray for his family and stand with the @KCKPDChief.
— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback) July 19, 2016
…. Officer-involved shootings and attacks have been in the forefront in recent weeks with the killing of cops in Baton Rouge and Dallas.
On July 17, officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge Louisiana. USA TODAY:
Three officers were fatally shot and three others were wounded Sunday in a shooting in Baton Rouge, a city already on edge after the killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man shot by white officers after a scuffle at a convenience store.
Here is what we know so far:
When was the attack?
The ambush unfolded just before 9 a.m. Sunday, less than a mile from police headquarters. A gunman, later identified as Gavin Long, shot at police as they responded to a 911 call, according to authorities.
On July 8th, Officer Michael Flamion was shot in the back during a traffic stop in St. Louis. He is now paralyze from the neck down. CBS reported.
In suburban St. Louis, a police officer who was shot July 8 by a driver in a traffic stop was left paralyzed, Ballwin officials said Monday.
A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop is paralyzed from the neck down due to what the Ballwin police chief calls “catastrophic damage to his spinal cord.”
Officer Michael Flamion was shot from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, a well-to-do St. Louis County town of about 30,000 residents. Antonio Taylor of St. Louis was arrested later that day and is jailed on $500,000 bond on several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.
The shooting occurred one day after five police officers were killed in Dallas, but Missouri officials have not discussed a possible motive for Flamion’s shooting. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott declined to discuss the investigation during Monday’s news conference.
In the press conference, Chief Scott said that Officer Flamion is responsive, alert, recognizes all family, friends and coworkers and nods “yes and no” responses, CBS affiliate KMOV reported.
The officer will require extensive long-term care.
There is a GO-FUND ME page set up for Officer Flamion.