Trooper Charles Clinton Black

Trooper Charles Clinton Black

Maine State Police, Maine

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1964

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Charles Clinton Black

Trooper Charles Black was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery in South Berwick, Maine.

As the two suspects ran from the bank one of them shot Trooper Black five times. A bystander grabbed Trooper Black's service revolver and apprehended one of the suspects. The other suspect was captured later that day in New Hampshire.

Both suspects were convicted of Trooper Black's murder and sentenced to life. Both were paroled in 1972.

Trooper Black was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Maine State Police for six years. He was survived by his wife and three young sons.

The agency's annual Trooper of the Year award was named in his honor.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1972


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I grew up with your three sons and their mother the boys and I hung out together frequently. Your middle son William and I were inseparable God bless him I miss him so much. I still run into Charlie and Clint and your wife Mary now and then (should be more often) and now that I am in my fifties I often wonder how much different all of us would have been if you hadn't been killed and if Bill would still be here and if we would still hang out. I don't know if there is a heaven nut if there is I know you and Bill are together again and happy. Thank you for your service and all my love to Charlie, Clint and Mary miss you guys so much.

Edward G Small

September 16, 2018

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