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Corporal Thomas Roberts | Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

Corporal

Thomas Roberts

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 2054

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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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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Patrolman Bryan Scott Verkler
Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Cause: Gunfire

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Hey Uncle Tom,

13 years today. I like to come here often and read everyone's posts, you were so loved and I'm sure not a day goes by that we don't remember you or wish you were here. You are always in my heart. Keep watch over us and protect the officers, they need it. Your memory and legacy will live on forever.

Miss you always

Rachel
December 13, 2016

 

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