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Investigator Melvin Royce Journey | Washington State Liquor Control Board, Washington Washington State Liquor Control Board, Washington


Melvin Royce Journey

Washington State Liquor Control Board, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, January 23, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 1/1/1977

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Investigator Melvin Journey was leaving his home in his assigned vehicle when he was ambushed and shot five times by members of an organized crime gang that he had been investigating.

As a result of the shooting Agent Journey received nineteen units of blood, some of which was tainted with Hepatitis C. Although he retired in 1992, his death in 1999 was a direct result of the blood transfusions he received after being shot in 1977.

The attempted assassination of Investigator Journey in 1977 led to the downfall of the gang and affiliates, including the Pierce County sheriff, who had initially recommended to the ringleader that he assassinate Investigator Journey.

Investigator Journey had served with the Washington State Liquor Control Board for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

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My dearest father I am so sorry your life ended so soon. What was left behind undone will never be finished. Although I didn't get to know you well in later years you were always in my thoughts and in my heart. The best memories I have of life are when my brother and sisters were with you on our visits to your home. I will never forget those memories and maybe one day we will meet again and I will be able to have that one more smile that one more hug. Until then may the peace and love of Christ be with you. Your loving daughter

Candy Hadaller
April 26, 2017


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