Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago

Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Melvin Vincent Santiago

Detective Melvin Santiago was shot and killed at 4:09 am when he and his partner responded to a robbery call at a 24-hour pharmacy on the corner of Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

A male subject had entered the store and assaulted a private security guard. He severely beat the guard and stole his service weapon, then waited for responding officers to arrive with the intention to ambush them.

Detective Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot as the man exited the building and opened fire on them without warning. Detective Santiago was struck in the head before he was able to exit from the patrol car's passenger seat.

Other responding officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Detective Santiago had graduated from the academy only six months prior to the incident. He was survived by his mother and stepfather.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 2650

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery in progress

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The brotherhood of the Police, Government and society in general need to think deeply about the tragic events leading to Detective Santiago's death. I favor changing procedures and how society operates to eliminate this sad occurance from repeating. As we move on, no one should fear their death. Fear not living a fulfilled life.

Roddy James Tricarico
Municipal employee

August 20, 2023

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