The

Brunswick Police Department

Honors

 

 

Officer Melvin E. Collins

 

 

April 11, 2003

 

Officer Collins, who had recently graduated from the police academy, was working an off-duty job when two subjects entered a local business with the intention of robbing it.  Officer Collins, with little regard for his own safety, identified himself as a police officer and attempted to take control of the volatile situation in order to protect others.  Even after being shot by one of the suspects, Officer Collins was able to return fire, wounding one of the suspects before apprehending him outside of the store.  Officer Collins died as a result of his gunshot wound later that evening.  The subject who shot Officer Collins was later captured after an extensive manhunt.