Trooper Philip C. Melley

Trooper Philip C. Melley

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 3, 1957

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Philip C. Melley

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.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 19 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 to 20 years

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Trooper Melley,
On today, the 61st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 3, 2018

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