Patrolman Mark Layne Dabling

Patrolman Mark Layne Dabling

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, December 6, 1982

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Mark Layne Dabling

Patrolman Mark 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. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2044. However, he was convicted of murder and first-degree robbery in Kentucky and will also have to serve that sentence.

Patrolman Dabling had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 5 1/2 years. He was survived by his mother, father, brother, and sister.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .44 caliber
  • Offender Life sentence

escapee, traffic stop

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I never knew the Patrolman, and I'm not in the profession. I work in a building on the Road named in honor of Patrolman Dabling. The road's name just took on a lot more meaning than it had in the past. I had no idea why the road was named Mark Dabling. It brings tears to think that this man was killed. Each time I drive this road, 5 days a week, I will forever remember his name and what he stood for and how he kept myself and my family safe. Thank you Mark Dabling for your service. I'll never forget you and I will share your story with my family and friends.

Tommy Paige (No Rank)
Amazing Care (Home Health)

April 5, 2022

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