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Mishawaka Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: IN, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Dec. 13, 2003
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 43 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Mishawaka Police Dept.
Mishawaka, IN   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Corporal
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Badge: 2054
On The Job: 14 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: IN   USA   Sat. Dec. 13, 2003
Summary: Corporal Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler were shot and killed after they responded to a call of shots being fired.

The suspect had a dispute with a neighbor, and during the dispute, he fired several rounds into the air prompting residents to call the police. When Corporal Roberts and Patrolman Verkler arrived, they were led to a house where the suspect was hiding.

The officers attempted to lure the suspect out. When the suspect exited the house, he opened fire on the officers, striking them both. A third officer was able to return fire and shot the suspect once. Corporal Roberts died at the scene and Patrolman Verkler was transported to a local hospital where he died two hours later during surgery.

The suspect subsequently committed suicide.

Corporal Roberts had served with the Mishawaka Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his two daughters.

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Related: Bryan Scott Verkler
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