Corporal Thomas Roberts

Corporal Thomas Roberts

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, December 13, 2003

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Thomas Roberts

Corporal Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler were shot and killed after they responded to a call of shots being fired.

The suspect had a dispute with a neighbor, and during the dispute, he fired several rounds into the air prompting residents to call the police. When Corporal Roberts and Patrolman Verkler arrived, they were led to a house where the suspect was hiding.

The officers attempted to lure the suspect out. When the suspect exited the house, he opened fire on the officers, striking them both. A third officer was able to return fire and shot the suspect once. Corporal Roberts died at the scene and Patrolman Verkler was transported to a local hospital where he died two hours later during surgery.

The suspect subsequently committed suicide.

Corporal Roberts had served with the Mishawaka Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 2054

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Tom, I was away from Indiana for so many years, not sending your beautiful daughters grow up. I read the amazing tributes to the type of man you were and are. I am in awe of how loved you are and continue to be. One of the things I am so very thankful for each week at mass, is the beautiful family we had thanks to amazing parents who each summer showed us the world. Give them my love and John as well. Till we see each other again get to spend more time together. All my love, your sis, Celia. PS…give my husband Tom a huge hug for me,

Celia Robert’s Dillon

February 20, 2022

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