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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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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Greg was killed.

To the Alia family, fellow officers, and all who call Greg beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Alia gave to his community and the citizens of South Carolina and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 30, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 25, 2016

 

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