Two officers killed in Mishawaka, IN


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redneck2
December 13, 2003, 10:19 AM
Two city officers were killed last night (12/12/03) in Mishawaka, city that borders South Bend to the east.

Wasn't going to post this, but I saw the one (below, at least for now) about officers shooting an unarmed man. In this situation, they tried to apprehend the BG after responding to a call for "shots fired". They obviously knew he had a gun but tried to take him alive anyway.

After killing the two officers, the shooter committed suicide in front of his friends rather than surrender.

The courts have the officers in a position that they have to risk their lives rather than take out the perp with whatever means it takes.

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HABU
December 13, 2003, 01:24 PM
The courts have the officers in a position that they have to risk their lives rather than take out the perp with whatever means it takes This isn't a new development since any officer joined up. They all should know they are risking their lives. Stadank cannot just waste anyone he feels to be a threat. Sometimes he is unwillingly forced to take one for the team. Doesn't make it right, but I dont make the rules.

El Tejon
December 13, 2003, 02:08 PM
Yellow footprints.:(

Go with God.

BluesBear
December 13, 2003, 06:53 PM
http://www.indystar.com/articles/8/101905-6948-092.html

Mishawaka mourns shooting of 2 officers

By John Tuohy
john.tuohy@indystar.com
December 13, 2003

Two Mishawaka policemen were shot and killed today in the first on-duty police deaths in the city's 170-year history.

Residents of the small, northern Indiana city streamed by the police station for hours today dropping off flowers and condolence cards to honor the officers.

"We just aren't used to something like this," said Mayor Robert Beutter. "It's something like 17-degrees out and people have been coming by all day."

Police Cpl. Thomas Roberts and Patrolman Bryan Verkler were shot at 2 a.m. today trying to arrest a man with a gun, said Police Chief Matt Weber.

Roberts died at the scene, and Verkler died in surgery around 4 a.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend.

The officers had responded to calls of gunshots being fired in a house, but when they arrived there they were told the gunman had gone to a house two blocks away.

While attempting to arrest the man an hour later both officers were shot, police said. The gunman, who police have not identified, was also killed.

Weber would not say whether the gunman was shot by the officers or killed himself.

WNDU-TV in South Bend quoted a witness to the struggle, Andrew Moreno, as saying that after the unidentified suspect shot the officers outside the home, he took his own life.

"He came inside and sat in our kitchen and reloaded his gun and sat there looking at his wounds. He then said, 'I can't take this anymore.' He told us to leave. ... We walked to the doorway still looking at him, he cocked the gun and put it up against his head, and we said, 'No!' but by that time he had pulled the trigger," Moreno told WNDU.

The gunman's identity was withheld pending notification of his relatives.

Roberts was a 14-year veteran who worked the midnight shift his whole career. He had two children.

He took jobs painting houses on the side and liked to play the card game euchre, softball and basketball, said former police Chief Tony Hazen.

Verkler had been on the job 2 years and had married his wife, Julie, about four months ago.

"He was a farm boy and a hunter," Hazen said.

Mishawaka, a city of 50,000 near South Bend, has a police force of 103 officers. The last homicide in the city was three years ago.

Roberts' and Verkler's police car were parked in front of the station today and both were covered with flowers dropped off by friends, relatives and citizens.

"There has been a outpouring of concern from the public," Hazen said.

Beutter said police officials have been consoling the families of the officers.

"This is a small police department and everybody knows and cares about everybody else," he said.

Teams from other departments, including the Indianapolis Police Department, were in town to help make service arrangements, he said.

"People with more experience at this kind of thing will show us what to do," Beutter said.

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