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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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God Bless you. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department
August 18, 2014

 

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