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UPDATE: KCK police officer has succumbed to his gunshot wounds and passed

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UPDATE:

A surgeon in the Kansas City, Kansas, area says that the officer who was shot multiple times by suspects in an earlier shooting has died.

University of Kansas trauma surgeon James Howard says the officer, Capt. Robert Melton, arrived just before 2:30 p.m. and that resuscitation efforts did not work.

The officer was shot Tuesday afternoon in his car as he approached people matching the description of suspects in an earlier shooting.

EARLIER:

A officer was shot and critically wounded in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began about 1:33 p.m. when police received a call about an armed disturbance at Second Street and Edgerton Drive. The caller told police that several people in a car were firing shots at them, according to a statement from KCK police.

Officers arrived within minutes. At that time, three or four people bailed from the car.

An officer took one person into custody near there.

Shortly before 2 p.m., an officer attempted to stop another person. Multiple shots were fired and an officer was hit near 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue. Police were advised that an officer was down at 1:58 p.m.

The officer was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

For more on this story from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, click here.

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