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PHILLIP A BLACK

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Rank: Trooper
Panel: 18-E: 11
Department: Florida Highway Patrol
End of Watch: February 20, 1976
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 39
Years of Service: 9

Description: Trooper Black and Canadian Constable Donald Irwin were shot as they approached a suspicious vehicle at a rest stop along I-95. The officers were killed by armor-piercing, Teflon coated KTW "cop-killer" bullets. This is the only case known thus far where a law enforcement officer was killed by armor-piercing bullets. The suspects were captured and tried in a court of law. One suspect was found guilty of second-degree murder. The second suspect died in the electric chair and the third suspect pled guilty to a lesser charge was released from prison in 1992.