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04/14/03

Brunswick Officer Killed

It was another night on the job for the two people who worked at the Friendly Express in Glynn County. For one of the employees, this was his second job. He had a wife and two children to provide for, but it all came to a halt when two armed men walked in and tried to rob the place.

"There were two clerks on duty at that time, one subject pulled a weapon and pointed it at the female clerk's head and fired two shots," said Capt. Chad Boyet of the Glynn County Police Department.

One of those shots grazed a customer. The second hit the other clerk.

"The second clerk was an off-duty Brunswick police officer," said Capt. Boyet. "Retrieved his weapon, came around the counter, exchanged gunfire with the subject."

Officer Melvin Collins was shot in the abdomen and died shortly after, but not before putting a bullet in 20-year-old Taureen Hardy. The other suspect, 20-year-old Daniel Keshawn Brown ran off. Hardy was arrested by an off-duty US marshal who just happened to pass by the convenience store. Daniel Brown was caught the following morning. Now both suspects are in jail and will be charged with murder.

The woman who worked with Officer Collins was not hurt. The customer who was grazed by a bullet was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Officer Collins leaves behind a wife and two children.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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