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Patrolman Mark L. Dabling | Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

Patrolman

Mark L. Dabling

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Monday, December 6, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .44 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Dabling was shot and killed while making a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to him, the violator was an escaped prisoner from Florida. The man exited the vehicle through the passenger side door and opened fire on Patrolman Dabling with a .44 caliber sawed-off rifle.

The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested on I-25 south of the city.

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I was a senior in High school when this tragedy happened. Officer Dabling frequented the restruant my family ran on Garden of the Gods and was known to be a super nice guy. I remember my dads anger at the shooting.
When I joined the Marine Corps later the next year and the recruiter asked me what I wanted to do I said I wanted to be a MP so maybe I could make a difference as you did. 35 years later. I never pass The blvd named after you with out saying a silent prayer

Gysgt Jon Holder
USMC
August 7, 2017

 

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