Colonel
Robert George Black
Rocky Ripple Police Department
Thursday, February 20, 1997

Age: 40
Served: 8 years
Badge #:
Panel 59E, Line 20
Panel L13, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, February 19, 1997
03:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
4138 Edgemere Court, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Colonel Robert Black and Sergeant Bryan Northern were shot and injured while working private security at the Meadows apartment complex.

   The two officers had chased a man to an apartment after he caused a disturbance in the parking lot. They knocked on the door and announced themselves when they were shot by a man, completely unrelated to the man they were chasing, in the apartment who was wanted on a warrant for a probation violation charge.

   Colonel Black died from his injuries the following morning and Sergeant Northern died from his wounds on March 23, 1997. Neither officer was wearing a bullet-resistant vest.

   The 28-year-old male suspect was apprehended three days later after a five-hour standoff while holding a hostage. He was later convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

   Colonel Black was survived by a sister.

Historical Note

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



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