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Detective Melvin Santiago | Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Detective

Melvin Santiago

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 2650

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/13/2014

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Detective Melvin Santiago was shot and killed at 4:09 am when he and his partner responded to a robbery call at a 24-hour pharmacy on the corner of Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

A male subject had entered the store and assaulted a private security guard. He severely beat the guard and stole his service weapon, then waited for responding officers to arrive with the intention to ambush them.

Detective Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot as the man exited the building and opened fire on them without warning. Detective Santiago was struck in the head before he was able to exit from the patrol car's passenger seat.

Other responding officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Detective Santiago had graduated from the academy only six months prior to the incident. He was survived by his mother and stepfather.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Melvin was killed.

To the Santiago family, fellow officers, and all who call Melvin beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Santiago gave to his community and the citizens of New Jersey, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 13, 2014.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 26, 2014

 

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