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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 am a big fan of Homicide Hunter on the ID cable channel and Joe Kenda featured your case last night. It was a powerful episode that had Kenda, after all these years choking at the end. One thing you cannot help but notice is the dedication of all the cops, your fellow officers to do what needs to be done on behalf of the citizens of the Springs as I hear it often called. And they did that for you. The police never forget and those guys have not forgotten you. May god bless you, your family and friends and if I ever make it to the Springs, I will drive the length of Mark Dabling Blvd. and think of you and your sacrifice.

Citizen from Illinois
Frequent ODMP reader
January 19, 2017

 

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