Patrolman Mark L. Dabling

Patrolman Mark L. Dabling

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, December 6, 1982

Mark L. Dabling

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .44 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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We watched Patrolman Mark L. Dabling's story on Lt. Joe Kenda tonight. We thank Patrolman Dabling for his service to all. He is truly a Hero and will remain in our thoughts and prayers. There is no better man than he that lays down his life for a the life of a stranger...RIP.

Wilmington NC on 04-04-78, P.O. James William (Billy) Nunalee (24 yo) was gunned down outside a convenience store. Shot X 21. Broke our hearts! RIP.

January 13, 2018

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