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Police Officer Daryle Wayne Black | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Daryle Wayne Black

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, April 30, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 5452

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/29/2000

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Daryle Black was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed.

The two officers, members of the Long Beach Police Department's anti-gang unit, were driving an unmarked vehicle at approximately 2300 hours when they were struck by gunfire in an ambush style attack. After both officers were shot, one officer was able to call for assistance, and both were taken to a local hospital where Officer Black died approximately one hour later. Neither officer was able to return fire.

The suspect was arrested two days later after being identified through an investigation. The killer was found guilty and sentenced to death during his second trial.

Officer Black had been employed with the Long Beach Police Department for six years, and had been in law enforcement for ten years. He had previously served with the United States Marine Corps.

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Daryle~I can not believe it has been nearly 16 years ago that you were taken. I reflect back to the days of Irvine Valley College; mostly the XTE Club. I will never forget the day we were down at the shooting range. I was using one of the old 38's that needed cleaning and repair. You were so kind to lend me your 45. I reflect when we had gone to San Diego for XTE Competition and all of us went out to breakfast. I heard you could pile it away, but when I saw it for myself I was a bit surprised. :) I will never forget at the college when my daughter Star that was also in XTE said that you helped her over the wall during practice as that was her (?) first attempt. The last time I saw you was at my home a week before you passed on. You had lent me your sealed off end gun for practice to strengthen my hand for shooting. I saw you at the college. Then we went to my place to get the item you had loaned me. Time fades certain things away, but for many you will always be in our hearts. In fact, since I seem to know no strangers I happen to talk to a former LB officer that works with the Irvine P.D. I happened to bring up your name. It was nice to know she use to work with you. :)
One day I went home during lunch from the college. I was shocked when I put on the tv and seeing a picture of you on there. I remember thinking to myself is that Daryle? It certainly was a shock and went into my daughter's room to tell her the news. We will never forget Your Memorial Service in Long Beach. That day I witnessed how the fellow officers as a whole showed their presence. I have never seen such a large Funeral nor Memorial Service in my life. It was a good testament of how people reverend you. May God Bless You and Your Soul. I Hope To See You in Heaven Some Day.

Betty Aherns
Irvine Valley College/X T E
April 13, 2016


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