Police investigating reports of shots fired on motorcycle officers

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are investigating reports of shots fired at police on motorcycles.

The incidents were reported last week while motorcycle officers were preparing for the funeral of police Capt. Dave Melton.

Both incidents reportedly happened along Interstate 70, and involved a vehicle described as a dark-colored passenger car.

On Wednesday, after motorcycle officers escorted Melton's body to the funeral home, KCK police said a suspicious car followed a Lenexa officer as he rode near the I-70/I-670 split, following closely and matching the speed of the officer.

"He moves over, changes lanes. The car is maneuvering the same way he is, doing the same, everything that he’s doing," said Amber Thomas-Hickerson of the KCK police. "He proceeds to speed up to try to get away from this vehicle. The car speeds up and stays right with him. They get to the I-70/670 split, the motorcycle officer veers off onto I-70 and hears a loud pop which he believes was shots fired. He was not hit, not injured."

In a prepared statement, Lenexa police said they can't confirm that shots were fired at their motorcycle officer.

KCK police said they also are investigating a report from Friday, where a 911 caller claimed someone was standing through a sunroof of a dark colored car and shooting at their motorcycle officers traveling on I-70.

No police officer witnessed the incident, but Thomas-Hickerson said it does have traffic cops on edge.

KCK police are asking for help from the community. If anyone has information about these reports, call KCK police or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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