Trooper Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip A. Black

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 20, 1976

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Phillip A. Black

Trooper Phillip Black was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a rest stop on I-95 near Pompano Beach, Florida.

During the stop one of the male subjects in the car opened fire, killing Trooper Black. Corporal Donald Irwin, of the Ontario Provincial Police, Canada, was riding along with Trooper Black while on vacation. When Corporal Irwin went to assist Trooper Black he was also shot and killed.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and executed on May 4th, 1990.

Trooper Black had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for nine years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1990

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It has been 49 years now since Phil passed away and I still have tears after reading about his passing. I was just compelled to do a search for his name. We lived in his neighborhood and I was friends with his wife Grace. I have often wondered how she is. It was such a fun neighborhood and mainly because of Phil. He organized picnics in the little neighborhood park. He was full of tricks like tying the end of the rope to a tree and having a rope pull with two teams--none knowing he had the rope tied. My husband rode on his shifts with him a few times. He gave me a Stetson trooper hat that was too small for whoever it belonged to. We had horses so that was a big deal. Grace and I went to Yoga classes together along with a couple of other neighbors. I remember how cute Scooter was and how much his parents loved him. I remember him as Chris but had forgotten his nickname. It touched my heart to read all of the tributes to him and this is exactly how I remember him. Christopher if you see this I hope you will email us and let us know about your Mother. Rest in Peace Phil Black. It was an honor knowing you.

J.D. and Lynda Marks
Neighbor and friend

March 18, 2019

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