Police Officer Barry Dean Melear

Police Officer Barry Dean Melear

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, September 23, 1977

Barry Dean Melear

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.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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i think about you everytime hear of another officer lost in the line of duty, EVERY time i hear a siren I have prayed for the, policemen, paramedics, firemen involved............. now 40 years later, i have 2 officers in my family....YOU were a wonderful friend,to many, and missed still...............Nope, never forgotten........


May 15, 2017

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