Mo. cop accidently shot, killed in training

Officer Dan De Kraai is survived by his wife and young daughter

Duty Death: Dan De Kraai - [St. Joseph, Missouri]


By PoliceOne Staff

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Officer Dan De Kraai was accidentally shot and killed during a training drill with other officers. According to information provided by the PD to the St. Joseph News-Press, prior to the start of a training session, De Kraai had asked a fellow officer to shoot him in the back with "Simunition" round so that he would know what being struck by it was like.

"Clearly, this accident should not have happened," the department said in a press release. "The application of safety rules was not sufficient to prevent an otherwise very preventable tragedy."

Officer De Kraai had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.

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