Man charged with capital murder in KCK police captain's death

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 2:16 PM CDT
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A prosecutor says bond has been set at $10 million for a man charged with capital murder in the death of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman announced Jamaal Lewis' bond amount Thursday after saying that the 20-year-old Lewis fired the shots that caused police Capt. Robert Melton's death Tuesday.

The 46-year-old Melton was fatally shot while investigating a drive-by shooting.

Lewis also faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a weapon from an incident that happened earlier the same day of Melton's shooting.

A second man, 18-year-old DaQon Sipple, has been charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer involving a different officer than Melton and criminal discharge of a weapon.

Sipple's bond has been set at $100,000.

A third suspect remains on the loose.



Funeral arrangements are set for Kansas City, Kan. Police Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton. KCTV-5 reports visitation for Melton is set for 4p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday (July 22) at the Jack Reardon Civic Center, at 520 Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City. His funeral is to follow at 9 a.m. Saturday (July 23)at Children's Mercy Park (Home of Sporting, KC.).

Parking will be available at the Kansas Speedway.

Ceremonial honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery, located at 150 Muncie Road in Leavenworth, will immediately follow the service.



We have identified two suspects arrested in connection with the shooting death of Kansas City Police Captain Robert "Dave" Melton.

According to jail records, Jamaal Lewis, 20, was booked into Wyandotte County Detention Center on First Degree Murder (Unknown Circumstances) charge late Tuesday.

Daqon Sipple, 18, was booked on one count of Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer (Use of Deadly Force) Tuesday evening.

It will be up to the District Attorney's Office to determine formal charges. Police tell us they expect to present the case to the DA later today.


"Our blue-line got a little thinner yesterday with the loss of Captain Melton," Kansas City Police Chief Terry Ziegler spoke at a press briefing about Captain Robert "Dave" Melton, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, Tuesday.

Chief Ziegler and Mayor Mark Holland were joined by members of the community Wednesday morning to discuss the shooting and to remember Captain Melton.

Ziegler says Captain Melton was the acting major on duty when he spotted a car, which was said to have been involved in a drive-by shooting minutes before.

When Melton spotted the car, he blocked the vehicle in. At that point, Chief Ziegler says, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and started shooting into Melton's patrol car.

Officers who were already on the scene began rendering aid to Melton, who died at the hospital.

"This crime does not fit the national narrative of planned attacks against law enforcement officers, but, it does fit the narrative when it comes to the fact that words matter." Chief Ziegler said, "The hate and anti-police speech have to stop, because the consequences are real."

Police say Melton was wearing body armor, but was not wearing a body camera because he was part of the command staff.

Two men are in custody, ages 18 and 20. Police did not release their names.

Chief Ziegler says his department is working on closing up the investigation and hopes to have the case presented to the District Attorney's Office by the end of the day.

Mayor Holland says the Police Department and community are still dealing with the death of Detective Brad Lancaster, who was shot and killed in the line of duty two months ago.

A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday evening in honor of Kansas City Kansas Police Captain Robert "Dave" Melton.


Kansas City, Kan. Police Chief Terry Zeigler identified the officer killed in the Tuesday afternoon shooting as Captain Robert "Dave" Melton. Ziegler says Melton was fatally shot following a response to a drive-by shooting.

Investigators say Melton was one of several officers who responded to the call at 2nd and Edgerton. Investigators say the first officers on scene found the car from which shots were fired and several people jumped out of it. One person was immediately caught. Melton responded as backup.

Investigators say Melton was in his patrol car when he approached another suspect and was shot. Melton died a little before 3 p.m. He was 46-years-old.

Dr. James Howard, a trauma surgeon at The University of Kansas Medical Center says the hospital received notification of an officer being shot at about 2:15 p.m. Melton arrived at about 2:22 p.m. and did not have a pulse, Howard says. Howard says doctors pronounced Melton's death at 2:55 p.m.

Tuesday night, KWCH reporter Akeam Ashford spoke with people near the scene of the shooting, including one man who lives nearby and says he heard multiple gunshots Tuesday afternoon.

The man says he told his mother, who has lived in the neighborhood near the scene for more than 50 years, to get on the floor after he heard the shots.

The man says he walked onto his front porch and saw Melton still in his patrol car. He says he noticed a door to the patrol car was open and a car window had been shot out. The man says he then noticed Melton 'kind of slumped over in the seat."

KCTV-5 reports Melton's death comes just two months after the death of KCK police detective Brad Lancaster. Lancaster was shot and killed May 9 near the Kansas Speedway.

Kansas City, Kan. Mayor Mark Holland acknowledged the grief already felt in the department and encouraged people not to jump to conclusions. He says people need to be in prayer for Melton's family and the KC, Kan. Police Department, as well as other departments and communities across the country.

KCTV-5 reports Melton was a police lieutenant with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office from Nov. 1990 - Dec. 1999, later joining the KCKPD as a patrol officer from Dec. 1999 - Nov. 2006. From 2007-2012, he was in the Kansas National Guard. He served as a Kansas City, Kan. police captain since May 2015.

Holland says more information will be available at the next media briefing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.


Update: KCTV-5 reports the officer shot in Kansas City, Kansas has died. Kansas City, Kan. Police Chief Terry Zeigler is set to speak at a news conference beginning at 4 p.m. Watch the conference live in the video player at the bottom of this story.


A police officer in Kansas City has been shot. According to a tweet from Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler the incident happened at 22nd and Haskell.

Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV-5 reports multiple suspects are in custody.

The officer is in critical condition according to KCTV-5, which cited a police spokesperson.Citing a witness, the station says three or four people in a car were shooting in the officer's direction and that the officer was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect.

The original call came in as an armed disturbance, reported a little after 1:30 p.m.

Eyewitness News is following the story, watch for updates as we get them.