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


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

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: 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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Brother Santiago, I decided to re-read your story again today as I did several times last year when you passed. Once again, it brought tears to my eyes and once again I just can't make sense of why the world is the way it is. Why do we lose amazing, bright and extraordinary human beings like yourself....I hope you are resting well. We are all really really proud of you. Never had the honor of knowing you but greatness is unmistakable. Goodnight brother.

"It's not how these Officers died that made them heroes, it's how they LIVED."

Officer Gonzalez #3920
Prince George's County Police Department. , Maryland.
March 24, 2015


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