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Colonel Robert G. Black | Rocky Ripple Police Department, Indiana Rocky Ripple Police Department, Indiana

Colonel

Robert G. Black

Rocky Ripple Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, February 20, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Colonel Robert Black and Sergeant Bryan Northern were shot and injured while working private security at an apartment complex.

The two officers had chased a man to an apartment after he caused a disturbance in the parking lot. They knocked on the door and announced themselves when they were shot by a man, completely unrelated to the man they were chasing, in the apartment who was wanted on other warrants. Neither officer was wearing a bullet-resistant vest.

At 11:05 am, Colonel Black died from his injuries and Sergeant Northern succumbed to his wounds on March 23, 1997. The suspect who killed both officers was apprehended two days later. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Colonel Black had served with the Rocky Ripple Police Department for eight years.

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Sergeant Bryan Glenn Northern
Rocky Ripple Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Sunday, March 23, 1997
Cause: Gunfire

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I don't know why I had a dream about you the other day. You were playing basketball on my dad's St. Monica team. You were still a wanna-be-Julius Erving or Mel Daniels. Hahaha. You and my brother Cary Woods. I remember you being respectful and you may not have ever known this, but once I was walking from Debbie Morman's house going home and a really wild and scary dog was preventing me from crossing through the back path that took me home. You came out of nowhere and told me, "Keep going Wendy. I got him. Don't run, just walk fast." Your instructions got me home safely. I never really thanked you. Dad told me years ago about your passing away. It saddened me. Not sure why I thought about you this week. Thank you for a happy childhood memory Robert.

Wendy Woods Jackson
Childhood friend
December 14, 2015

 

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