JERSEY CITY — The mother of slain Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Vincent Santiago has filed an eight-count lawsuit against Walgreens and others, alleging the pharmacy did not provide adequate security on the night her son was killed.
The wrongful death suit, which was filed by Santiago’s mother, Catherine McBride, names Walgreen Eastern Co., the security guard working at the Kennedy Boulevard store at the time of the July 13, 2014 shooting, and the security company that employed him.
On the morning Santiago was shot, Lawrence Campbell assaulted a security guard at the Walgreens and took his gun. Store employees hid in a back room and one of them called 911. In the parking lot, Campbell told someone that something bad was going to happen and that he would read his name in the news the next day, officials said.
Santiago and his partner arrived at about 4:11 a.m. and Campbell opened fire as Santiago exited the police cruiser, striking him in the head. Simultaneously, additional officers arrived and shot Campbell dead.