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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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With the passing of your 13th EOW, there were a lot of emotions that I experienced. I am certain you are missed by so many, but I know that my life will never be the same. The holidays have never been the same these last 13 years. I miss the children we never were able to raise, the years of anniversary celebrations and of course our return to the Hotel del that we said we would do on our one year anniversary. With great love, there is great loss.

Love
J
December 20, 2016

 

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