Thomas Roberts
Mishawaka Police Department
Saturday, December 13, 2003

Age: 43
Served: 14 years
Badge #: 2054
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, December 13, 2003
12:55 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1012 Sarah Street, Mishawaka
Incident County:
St. Joseph
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger

   Corporal Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler were shot and killed after they responded to a call of shots being fired on Battell Street.

   During a dispute with a neighbor, a man 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 subject was hiding.

   The officers attempted to lure the subject out. When the man 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 30-year-old suspect subsequently died by suicide.

   Corporal Roberts was survived by two daughters and two brothers.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

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