Just before the funeral of a detective who was killed by a fleeing suspect in May, the police chief of Kansas City, Kansas, asked one of his trusted veterans, Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton, to craft a how-to manual for holding a slain officer's funeral in case the department ever needed to do so again.
Chief Terry Zeigler said when he finished it, Melton told him to "put it on the shelf, and hopefully we'll never have to use it again."
On Saturday, only about two weeks after that conversation, they had to use it for Melton, who was gunned down Tuesday in his patrol car while searching for a shooting suspect. He was 46.
"It was with a heavy...