12/14/2003

Gunman Kills Two Police Officers in Ind. During Arrest

Officer Down: Cpl Thomas Roberts & Patrolman Bryan Verkler - [Mishawaka, Indiana]

The Associated Press

MISHAWAKA, Ind. - A gunman killed two police officers who attempted to arrest him early Saturday, then took his own life after reportedly telling witnesses, "I can't take this anymore."

The officers were sent to investigate a complaint that gunshots had been fired in a residential neighborhood, and they were shot while trying to make an arrest, Capt. Mike Samp said at a news conference.

The gunman then entered the home of Andrew Moreno, sat down in the kitchen and reloaded his gun, Moreno told WNDU-TV of South Bend.

"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 said.

Police did not immediately release the name of the gunman.

Police Cpl. Thomas Roberts died at the scene, and Patrolman Bryan S. Verkler died in surgery, authorities said.

Mishawaka is about six miles from South Bend.

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