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Trooper Phillip A. Black | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Phillip A. Black

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, February 20, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1990

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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.

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I was one of those children who was run over by the car in Pompano Beach on a September evening. Trooper Black was there for my parents while they waited for me to come out of surgery. He comforted them and explained to them that the owner of the car did not have any I surance. He assured my parents he would do whatever he could to help them and the five other families caught in this tragedy. The moment still haunts me when my mom approached me explaining Trooper Black had been killed. I screamed and cried, so shocked that a great man could be taken in such a brutal manner. christian and Mrs. Black, I think of you often.. As a sister of a police officer, I understand the sacrifice which families of law enforcement make. I am so glad there is a memorial page to record my memory. Thank you officer Black for your sacrifice.

Carol Gillespie
Grateful friend
July 26, 2015

 

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