Officer Robert Michael Dale

Officer Robert Michael Dale

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1974

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Robert Michael Dale

Officer Robert Dale accidentally shot 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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2803
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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