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


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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National Police Week is over...it was an honor for me to ride for Trooper Black's in the 2016 L.E.U. Road to Hope bike ride from Reading, Pa. to Washington D.C.

Thank you Trooper Black for your bravery and your ultimate sacrifice. Thank you also to your loving family. I have been touched by your wife Mary and know she has proudly supported you all these years. Thank you and I pray your service is never forgotten.

Surviving widow
May 30, 2016


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