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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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It's hard to believe it's been a year. When officer Alia died I blamed myself. I thought that i should have taken that bullet. I would have taken that bullet if I could that day. I cried and cried. I know Officer Alia is at peace now. No more will he feel any pain. I know he is watching his wife and his beautiful son grow up from his place in heaven. Officer Alia, you shall never be forgotten. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Elise B.
Police supporter
September 30, 2016


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