The death of Kansas City officer strikes close to home

Staff Writer

TEXAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DIRECTIVE

RE: KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT LINE OF DUTY DEATH

Effective immediately; In support of the officer's family and in support of our brothers and sisters at the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, all personnel of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department shall wear a black mourning band over their department badge. The mourning band shall be worn until the conclusion of the burial ceremony honoring Captain Robert Melton who was killed in the line of duty.

The senseless killing of our nation's law enforcement officers is becoming all to familiar in our profession. This tragic loss, of our brother in blue and father to one of our own at Texas County, is inconceivable and weighs heavily on our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Melton's family and our brothers and sisters in the Kansas City Kansas Police Department.

May God lay his hands on those who grieve and provide the comfort needed.

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