Corporal Thomas Roberts

Corporal Thomas Roberts

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, December 13, 2003

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. It now has been 15 years since you were taken from us. It's had to believe. Not a day goes by that I do not think about you,mom,dad and John. I woke up this morning to see that another Police officer in Indiana was killed. My heart goes out to his family. Lindsay and Holly are doing great. You now have 4 grandkids. You would have been one hell of a grandpa,especially this time of the year.
Notre Dame football finished 12-0 and headed to the playoffs. It was a great season. I am still working on the sidelines, Its so great having the best sit in the house.
I have to head off to work. Miss you brother

Gary L Roberts

December 13, 2018

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