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Sergeant Dale R. McLaughlin | Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado


Dale R. McLaughlin

Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Monday, December 26, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant Dale McLaughlin was shot and killed at a domestic disturbance call.

When Sergeant McLaughlin and another deputy arrived on the scene, the female had left and went across the street. The suspect was asked for identification, and when the suspect reached behind him and he said he had something else for them. The suspect pulled out a .380 caliber handgun and shot Sergeant McLaughlin and the deputy. The wounded deputy was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Sergeant McLaughlin had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and grandchildren. One of his children later went on to serve in law enforcement, as well as one of his grandsons.

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Mac was the most authentic and seasoned Sergeant I ever worked for. Boy howdy, could he read you the riot act, and the next time he ran into you act like nothing would come between you. I worked for him on the street, and in SCAT and count those days as the best in my law enforcement career. Every Christmas I think of him, and what he taught me, and so many others like me.

Captain Rob Sprecher
December 16, 2016


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