Patrolman Bryan Scott Verkler

Patrolman Bryan Scott Verkler

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, December 13, 2003

Bryan Scott Verkler

Patrolman Bryan Verkler and Corporal Thomas Roberts 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 Patrolman Verkler and Corporal Roberts 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.

Patrolman Verkler has served with the Mishawaka Police Department for 2½ years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 20154

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I still think about how different things would be if you were still here. I know my dad and my grandma both miss you so very much. Even though I was too young to remember you, I still wish you were here. I wish you could've seen me grow up. I wish you were still here so I didn't only have to hear the stories about you, but actually be able to talk to you in person. I'll be 15 in october. 3 months after my birthday will be december. And that'll mark 15 years since you've been gone.. I wish you were here. I love you and wish you were here..

Kendalle Verkler

August 5, 2018

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