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- Apr. 11, 2003 -
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Brunswick Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: GA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Apr. 11, 2003
Race/Sex: Black Male / 31 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Brunswick Police Dept.
GA   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Badge: 430
On The Job: 1 days
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: GA   USA   Fri. Apr. 11, 2003
Summary: Officer Melvin Collins was shot and killed when he intervened in a robbery while working an off-duty job at a grocery store.

Two men came into the store and attempted to rob it. When one of the suspects fired two shots past a female clerk's head, Officer Collins identified himself as a police officer and exchanged shots with the two suspects.

Although mortally wounded, Officer Collins struck one of the suspects in the hand and was able to subdue him with the help of two off-duty U.S. Marshals who were also in the store. The second suspect fled into a nearby marsh where he was apprehended the following day. The suspect was convicted of murdering Officer Collins in 2003 in Brunswick, Georgia and received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Officer Collins had just graduated from the academy and was to have his ceremonial swearing-in on the following Monday, three days after he was killed. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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