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Officer Melvin Earl Collins | Brunswick Police Department, Georgia Brunswick Police Department, Georgia

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Melvin Earl Collins

Brunswick Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, April 11, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 1 day

Badge # 430

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Melvin Collins was shot and killed when he intervened in a robbery while working an off-duty job at a grocery store.

Two men came into the store and attempted to rob it. When one of the suspects fired two shots past a female clerk's head, Officer Collins identified himself as a police officer and exchanged shots with the two suspects.

Although mortally wounded, Officer Collins struck one of the suspects in the hand and was able to subdue him with the help of two off-duty U.S. Marshals who were also in the store. The second suspect fled into a nearby marsh where he was apprehended the following day. The suspect was convicted of murdering Officer Collins in 2003 in Brunswick, Georgia and received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Officer Collins had just graduated from the academy and was to have his ceremonial swearing-in on the following Monday, three days after he was killed. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Melvin, so many years ago I was your instructor in the academy. I will never forget working with you in defensive tactics and you questioning the effectiveness to learn the finer points of each technique. Little did I know that you would use those techniques so quickly after the academy. I tell your story in training new cadets often. Your memory lives on. Rest in peace sir. Gone, but not forgotten.

Academy Director Thomas Safrin
Savannah Technical College Law Enforcement Academy
May 16, 2015

 

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