Sergeant Melvin Grigley

Sergeant Melvin Grigley

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, July 2, 2000

Melvin Grigley

Sergeant Melvin Grigley was shot and killed when three suspects attempted to carjack his vehicle at approximately 1:00 am.

Sergeant Grigley was visiting a friend in College Park and was parked in the home's driveway when the incident occurred. As the suspects attempted to flee in Sergeant Grigley's vehicle, he identified himself and exchanged shots with the suspects.

Sergeant Grigley was struck in the chest and mortally wounded, but was able to wound one of the suspects as well. The weapon the suspects were using was stolen from an undercover sheriff's deputy only days earlier.

The 16-year-old shooter was apprehended several days later and charged with murder. The remaining two suspects were also apprehended at a later date. They were all sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant Grigley had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, mother, brother, and four sisters.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was in Atlanta over the weekend and couldn't help but think of Sgt. Grigley and all the officers who have lost their lives serving and protecting us. Sgt. Grigley enjoyed the work he did. He was kind, respectful and cared about people. Too bad a 16 years old thug has ended the life of a a good human being. Sgt. Grigley, you will never be forgotten.

gwendolyn thomas

January 18, 2018

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