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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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Hey Melvin - I met your baby brother just last night - he is a very nice young man. He had a ticket to witness the President's State of the Union Address at the US Capitol, and I had the golden chance opportunity to assist him and his escort. What a delight!

Only just this morning, however, did I become aware of his connection to you - Oh my goodness, how I wish I could go back in time to just squeeze his hand a little tighter in thanks for his sacrifice, to give him a hug of understanding from his Family in Blue, somehow express my deepest gratitude for him sharing you briefly with us!

Your baby brother is so handsome, probably has grown like a weed since you saw him last - in retrospect, its so clear why baby brother presented mature beyond his years...you would be so proud of him, baby brother Santiago is proudly representing you big Brother! RIP

Kathryn Stillman, Lieut. (Retired)
US Capitol Police / Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms
January 21, 2015


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