The Latest: $10M bond set for man in Kansas officer’s death


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer (all times local):

5 p.m.

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.

It’s unclear if the men have lawyers yet.

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4:15 p.m.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the death of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer who was fatally shot while investigating a drive-by shooting.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said Thursday that he filed the murder charge Thursday against Jamaal Lewis in the death two days earlier of 46-year-old Capt. Robert Melton.

Lewis also faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a weapon from an incident prior to the shooting of Melton.

Eighteen-year-old DaQon Sipple is charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and criminal discharge of a weapon.

It’s unclear if Lewis and Sipple have lawyers yet.

Authorities have said they don’t believe Melton’s death was a planned ambush.

Melton was a 17-year veteran of the department.

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12:15 p.m.

A prosecutor plans to announce charges soon in the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old police captain in Kansas City, Kansas.

Capt. Robert D. Melton was shot to death Tuesday while investigating a drive-by shooting. Authorities have said they don’t believe his death was a planned ambush. Two suspects were arrested the same day but have not been formally charged.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman’s office says in a news release that Gorman will “address anticipated charges” stemming from Melton’s death during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Melton was a 17-year veteran of the department who also served in the Kansas Army National Guard.