Trooper Dennis Finbar Cronin

Trooper Dennis Finbar Cronin

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Monday, February 18, 1974

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Dennis Finbar Cronin

Trooper Dennis Cronin was shot and killed in Anchorage, Alaska, by an informant while assigned to a Drug Enforcement Task Force.

He was meeting with the informant in his squad car when the shooting took place. The suspect then committed suicide with his motives never known.

Trooper Cronin was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Alaska State Troopers for almost four years. He was survived by his expectant wife, two daughters, and a step-son, who he was in the process of adopting. His wife gave birth to a son a few months after his death.

Trooper Cronin is the first Alaska State Trooper to die in the line of duty.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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A good friend of mine when he lived in Kodiak. He is missed!

Frank Byerly Probation/Parole Officer
Department of Corrections

March 3, 2024

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