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


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

Incident Date: 4/11/2003

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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It has been over 11 years since you departed us; however your courage and bravery continues to inspire others! I had the privilege of serving as one of your instructors during basic mandate in Savannah. I came to the crime scene upon learning of the incident and your passing broke my heart. I wept. Despite this, I am proud to know that when the challenge arose you came forth in full force! As promised, I continue to keep your memory alive. You are indeed a hero, Melvin.

Director L.W. Drawdy
Reinhardt Univerity Police Academy
November 1, 2014


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