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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Hey brother. Another years has past. Time goes by quick. Just got home from knee surgery. Everything went well. The family is going to the station tomorrow morning to put up the wreath. Lindsay and Holly will be there. You would be so proud of them. ND finished 10-2. Lost to Michigan. Which sucked.
Please pray for Celia and Tom. As Tom is battling cancer.
We all miss you. Love you brother


Gary Roberts

December 13, 2019

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