Officer Dan D. De Kraai

Officer Dan D. De Kraai

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dan D. De Kraai

Officer Dan De Kraai was accidentally shot and killed during a break while participating in weapons training.

Officer De Kraai and other officers were participating in training scenarios using Simunitions. During a break, Officer De Kraai and another officer replaced the Simunitions weapons with their service weapons before going to a nearby convenience store.

When they returned to the training area, Officer De Kraai asked the other officer to shoot him with a Simunition round so he could experience how it felt. Forgetting that he had transitioned back to his service weapon, the other officer fired a single live round, fatally striking Officer De Kraai in the back.

Officer De Kraai was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

Officer De Kraai had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Dan, I am thinking of you today. I may not be in Law Enforcement any more, but the leadership and training you passed on to me, I will always be remember and use. I sure do miss you buddy. We had some great times working together. You may be gone but will never be forgotten. I carry you in my heart brother. Thank you.

Northwest Missouri Patrolman
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June 12, 2015

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