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Accidental Discharge Kills Officer During Training

Accidental Discharge Kills Officer During Training

Officer Dan De Kraai

Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

September 16, 2010

ST. JOSEPH, MO – A St. Joseph policeman was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon while on a break from a training session, the Police Department said.

Officer Dan De Kraai, 35, was hit in the back after another officer’s handgun discharged about 2 p.m. at a closed school that was the site of the training session, according to a written statement from police. De Kraai, who was hired by the department in September 2006, was pronounced dead at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

In a news conference, Police Chief Chris Connally said officers did not carry loaded guns during exercises. The shooting appeared to have occurred during some sort of demonstration, he said. De Kraai and the other officer were longtime friends.

De Kraai was married and had a daughter. Before the Iowa native was hired in St. Joseph, he served in Cameron, Mo., and was an instructor at the police academy at Missouri Western State University. He helped train new recruits in St. Joseph and was an evidence technician for the department.

An investigation is under way, and the other officer has been placed on administrative leave.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and Prayers to the family,

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    emptyshadows27

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    damn...aweful

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    dcrump

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    BeachAngel

    almost 4 years ago

    5888 Comments

    RIP, terrible tragedy, prayers to all

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace, my thoughts and prayers to your family and co-workers.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in peace, Officer Kraai.

    In Love and Light,
    Talya Raphaella

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIP and prayers to all involved. Very tragic and unnecessary accident.

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    kadan

    almost 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    My heart goes out to all involved in this terrible tragedy. RIP Officer, I pray that Our Heavenly Father gives your fellow officers and your families the strength they need in this time of loss. Thank you for a job well done.

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    staratwar

    almost 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    Wow!! Rest in peace Officer De Kraai you will be missed by all that knew you.

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11356 Comments

    Safety, Safety, Safety, during all training sessions!

    RIP and condolences to the family...

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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    RIP

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    What sad news..

    May Officer De Kraai Rest in Peace.. May God Bless his family..

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    DDemlong

    almost 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    man, this is very sad. I know the other officer must be feeling horrible right now as well.

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