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Trooper Charles Clinton Black | Maine State Police, Maine Maine State Police, Maine

Trooper

Charles Clinton Black

Maine State Police, Maine

End of Watch: Thursday, July 9, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1972

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Trooper Charles Black was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery in South Berwick, Maine. As the two suspects ran from the bank one of them shot Trooper Black five times. A bystander grabbed Trooper Black's service revolver and apprehended one of the suspects. The other suspect was captured later that day in New Hampshire.

Both suspects were convicted of Trooper Black's murder and sentenced to life. Both were paroled in 1972.

Trooper Black was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Maine State Police for six years. He was survived by his wife and three young sons. The agency's annual Trooper of the Year award was named in his honor.

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Hey Dad,
Thinking of you today, 53 years after you last left home.
I have often times gotten angry at those who have questioned how I could miss a Dad who I have never met, and then other times wonder if they have been correct all along.
We all were robbed of what should have been a much longer, happier time together due to the shortsightedness and apathy of a couple of career criminals, but you will never be forgotten.
Thank you for your sacrifice, and for giving me at least a tiny piece of that wonderful, piercing smile of yours. I don't show it nearly as often as I should, but I really appreciate it when someone tells me that I remind them of you when I decide that it's okay to smile.
I don't hear many stories about you these days, but occasionally I still do, and it always makes me smile.
Miss you Dad,
Charlie

Charles C. Black II
Youngest Son
July 9, 2017

 

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