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


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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Hi, Phil! As we get older and reflect on our childhood it is you that comes to mind so often. When I was a young girl we were neighbors in Hillsboro Pines. Do you remember you were Wonder Boy and I was Wonder Girl and we would dress up in hilarious outfits for community BBQ's and fun. I really looked up to you, as a second father and my hero. You were always so kind to all of the neighborhood kids and families. I remember you would give me rides to Margate so I could go to the dances. You know what else I remember...I kicked your butt in pool...LOL!! I sure do miss you. Thank you for being my friend, for being you and giving of yourself to each and everyone one of us. God Bless You!!

Robin Dawson
January 23, 2017


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