KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas, mayor has apologized to the family of a police captain who was fatally shot this summer while investigating a drive-by shooting.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2cj0sH3 ) reports that Mayor Mark Holland said during a commission meeting Thursday that he “would never intentionally introduce controversial comments during a time of grief” and that he was “deeply sorry” for that.

The family of Capt. Robert David “Dave” Melton was critical last month of a prepared statement issued after the killing. In the statement, Holland said: “We have seen the loss of innocent lives at the hands of police; and we have seen the ambush and murder of police who were actively protecting the public. Our nation is in uncertain times.”

The mayor also has met with the family.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com