Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 19 years, 11 months
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 11/3/1957
Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge
Suspect: Sentenced to 8 to 20 years
Trooper Philip Melley was shot and killed by a 16 year old juvenile who had taken three other officers hostage in Douglass Township, Pennsylvania. The three officers had gone to arrest the boy for threatening to kill his father. The boy managed to ambush the officers and hold them at gunpoint in a wooded area. As Trooper Melley went to their aid he slipped. As he fell the boy shot him with the shotgun, killing him. The boy then put the shotgun down and surrendered.
The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 8 to 20 years in prison on July 22, 1958.
Trooper Melley had been with the agency for nearly 20 years and was survived by his brother and sister.