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:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, February 19, 1997
03:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
4138 Edgemere Court, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life without parole
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   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.

   Both officers were taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. 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. In a death penalty case, he was subsequently convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

   Colonel Black also served as a special deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife and sister.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

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