Police Officer Daryle Wayne Black

Police Officer Daryle Wayne Black

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 2000

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Daryle Wayne Black

Officer Daryle Black was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed.

The two officers, members of the Long Beach Police Department's anti-gang unit, were driving an unmarked vehicle at approximately 2300 hours when they were struck by gunfire in an ambush style attack. After both officers were shot, one officer was able to call for assistance, and both were taken to a local hospital where Officer Black died approximately one hour later. Neither officer was able to return fire.

The suspect was arrested two days later after being identified through an investigation. The killer was found guilty and sentenced to death during his second trial.

Officer Black had been employed with the Long Beach Police Department for six years, and had been in law enforcement for ten years. He had previously served with the United States Marine Corps.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 5452
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 29, 2000
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I still think of Daryle quite often. I only knew him a short while when we went to college together. I posted back a few years ago and as I read the reflections I can't help but cry some. I read Karen's words to her brother and it breaks my heart all over again. I can still see Daryle carrying his jug of water everywhere he went and hearing him tell people about why his speech was a little off because he broke his jaw, I think wrestling. Anyways, it always hurts me when the good people are lost. This was such a good man. He knew what he was facing too. He knew the gangs were after him but he did it anyways. That is bravery and courage at it's finest.

DannyV E-4 USN,
College classmate

May 14, 2019

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