Trooper Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip A. Black

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 20, 1976

Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip Black was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a rest stop on I-95 near Pompano Beach, Florida.

During the stop one of the male 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.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and executed on May 4th, 1990.

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


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1990

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Phil Black was a picture book Marine and my friend. I served with Phil as a Recon Corpsman and I admired him greatly. As his medical representative, I went with him to a Medical Board when he continued to have lumbar problems. He chose to leave the Marine Corps and became a Florida State trooper. I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard of his violent death by two scum on the highway. I will always remember him as one of the best.

LCDR William S Bentley, USN ret
Former Recon Corpsman

October 6, 2017

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