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Police Officer Gregory Thomas Alia | Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer

Gregory Thomas Alia

Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 161

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Charged with murder

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Police Officer Greg Alia was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a suspicious person call at the Richland Mall shortly before 8:00 am.

The officers located the subject inside a van in the mall's parking lot. As they spoke to him the man became uncooperative and then fled on foot into the mall. During the ensuing struggle the subject produced a stolen .40 caliber handgun and fatally shot Officer Alia.

The man was apprehended a short time later and charged with murder.

Officer Alia had served with the Forest Acres Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, 6-month-old son, and parents.

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When will the senseless killing of our brothers and sisters stop? Although I did not know Officer Gregory Alia, I feel the pain that his family, department, and community is experiencing and will continue to feel for years to come. Enough is enough! Rest in peace and know that your service to your community has been with honor. Now you will patrol the streets of Heaven where you will not have to worry about crime and criminals, but the glory that has been promised to all of us who believe. RIP

Chief Mark DeRosia
Brother officer
February 23, 2017


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