Officer Dale M. Krings

Officer Dale M. Krings

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 1962

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Dale M. Krings

Officer Dale Krings was shot and killed when he was ambushed in a restaurant by a mental patient.

He and his partner were nearing the end of their graveyard shift when they stopped by the shop to have coffee. As they were sitting there, the man walked up, said something to the officers, then pulled out a rifle and shot Officer Krings. Although mortally wounded, Officer Krings was able to return fire and kill the suspect. The suspect was a regular patron of the restaurant and had been overheard several times stating he hated police officers.

Officer Krings was a United States Navy World War II and Korean War veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 2046
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, EDP

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Officer Kring,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USNR during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2022

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