Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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 St. Joseph Regional Medical Center 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.
• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.