Suspect charged with capital murder in Kansas police officer's death

These undated photos show Jamaal Lewis (left) and Daqon Sipple

These undated photos show Jamaal Lewis (left) and Daqon Sipple  (Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office)

A 20-year-old man was charged Thursday with capital murder in the death of a Kansas City, Kan., police officer who was fatally shot while investigating a drive-by shooting, Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said.

The prosecutor said Jamaal Lewis faces the murder charge in the death Tuesday of 46-year-old police 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.

A second man, 18-year-old Daqon Sipple, has been 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.

Both have been in custody since Tuesday.

Police Chief Terry Zeigler said Wednesday that authorities were not seeking additional suspects, but that the investigation remained ongoing.

Zeigler also said Melton's death didn't appear to be a planned ambush, but that it appeared he was shot by someone trying to elude authorities.

Melton was by himself searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting when he drove up to a person who matched a possible suspect's description. Before he could get out of his vehicle, he was shot several times through his passenger-side window.

Melton was a 17-year veteran of the department. He had also served in the Kansas Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan before he retired in 2012, according to the guard.

Melton's death is the second fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kan., police officer this year. On May 9, detective Brad Lancaster was fatally shot near the Kansas Speedway -- the first shooting in the department in 19 years.

Curtis Ayers, of Tonganoxie, is charged with capital murder in Lancaster's death. Ayers is accused of shooting Lancaster in Kansas City, Kan., and then fleeing in a car to Missouri, where police shot and wounded him.