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Officer Robert Michael Dale | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia


Robert Michael Dale

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, April 4, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 2803

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Robert Dale accidentally shot and killed himself while serving a search warrant.

Officer Dale who was normally on helicopter flight assignments, but due to bad weather, was assisting the fugitive squad. While trying to serve a warrant to a man already in custody, he was leaning inside the opening with the 9 mm weapon in his right hand and his flashlight in his left when he bumped the hammer against the door jamb, causing it to discharge. The bullet hit him in the left side of the chest, fatally wounding him.

Officer Dale had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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This is my brave beloved daddy. I was only 7 months old when he was taken from me, my brother and mom. Even though the only memories I have of him are in pictures, I miss him greatly. I have many questions surrouding the night he died and not a day goes by that I do not think about him. I have the utmost respect for those in law enforcement, thank you for serving and protecting. RIP Daddy. I Love You.

Tammy Dale Patterson
October 16, 2016


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