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Police Officer Barry Dean Melear | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Barry Dean Melear

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, September 23, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Barry Melear was shot and killed as he and his partner were searching three suspects.

The officers had caught the men breaking into an automobile while working a special car theft detail. As they were searching them the last man pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Melear in the head.

Officer Melear was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Atlanta Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his daughter.

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On this day 38 years ago, I said goodbye to you. I loved you then and I love you now. You were a good family man, a good police officer, and a good friend. You were a great loss to all who knew you. We will never forget.

Sandra R. Infinger
September 23, 2015


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