Police Officer Greg Alia
Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 30, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: In custody
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police
Forest Acres Police Department
5205 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC 29206
Phone: (803) 782-9444
Police Officer Greg Alia was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a suspicious person call at the Richland Mall shortly before 9:00 am.
The subject was taken into custody following the shooting.
Officer Alia had served with the Forest Acres Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and newborn son.
Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy says one of his officers was killed Wednesday morning during a struggle with a suspect at an area mall.
Sealy confirmed at a noon news conference that 32-year-old Greg Alia, a seven-year veteran of the police force, had died.
"Our hearts are broken," Sealy said. "Forest Acres is a small community, small police department. We’re one big family."
Sealy said Alia and other officers were responding to a call just before 8 a.m. of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Richland Mall. When officers arrived, they found 34-year-old Jarvis Hall, who they reported ran away from them and near the mall.
Alia eventually confronted Hall near the Barnes and Noble bookstore, and the two began to struggle. The suspect then pulled out a gun, Sealy said, and shot Alia.
The other officers were able to subdue Hall and take him into custody.
Alia was married and had a newborn son. He grew up in the area, Sealy said, and his parents live in Forest Acres, the city where he worked. Sealy said Alia was a graduate of Richland Northeast High School and the University of South Carolina, and had always wanted to be a police officer.
"He was an outstanding young man, he was an outstanding police officer," Sealy said. "He was a role model for our new police officers."
In fact, Sealy said Alia was training a new police officer when the shooting took place.
Flags outside the department were lowered to half-staff.