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Patrolman Bryan Scott Verkler | Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman

Bryan Scott Verkler

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 20154

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Bryan Verkler and Corporal Thomas Roberts 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 Patrolman Verkler and Corporal Roberts 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.

Patrolman Verkler has served with the Mishawaka Police Department for 2½ years. He was survived by his wife.

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Corporal Thomas Roberts
Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Cause: Gunfire

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