Trooper Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip A. Black

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 20, 1976

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Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip Black was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle that contained narcotics at a rest stop on I-95 south of Hillsborough Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

During the stop at least one of the subjects in the car opened fire, killing Trooper Black. Corporal Donald Irwin, of the Ontario Provincial Police, Canada, was riding along with Trooper Black while on vacation. When Corporal Irwin went to assist Trooper Black he was also shot and killed.

One of the subjects in the vehicle was on parole.

Two men and a woman were arrested and charged with their murders. One of the men was convicted of capital murder and executed on May 4th, 1990.

Trooper Black had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for nine years.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1990

narcotics, parolee, suspicious vehicle

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I worked late nights loading trucks at a vegetable packing plant out on what then was a pretty remote Hwy 441, west of Deerfield Beach. I was just a young kid , usually alone and Phil would often stop by in his patrol car to come in and “get a soft drink”. I knew he was just checking to make sure I was ok. And I was sure happy to see him. We often talked about his kids, his wife Grace, travel plans; anything to give enough time for passers by to see the patrol car out front. I never had a chance to thank him, but now, some 46 years later I still think of him often. God bless you Phil Black, and thank you.

George Nelson
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February 5, 2020

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