09-15-2010, 02:34 PM #1
Saint Joseph MO Police Officer killed during training incident
A St. Joseph police officer was accidentally killed by another officer Wednesday after a special training exercise had concluded, police officials said.
Patrol Officer Dan DeKraai, a five-year veteran of the department, was shot in the back when another officer was demonstrating something to him, said Police Chief Chris Connally.
Additional details, and the identity of the officer who fired the shot, were not disclosed. The officer who fired the shot was placed on administrative leave.
The incident occurred at 2:17 p.m. at the old Neely School during a Special Response Team training. Mr. Connally said live ammunition was not used during the training and the incident occurred while the officers were on break.
Mr. DeKraai was shot once in the back, Mr. Connally said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Several police units were on the scene after the accident and the street around the school was closed off. The former school, located at 1909 S. 12th St., closed after the 2009 academic year and has been used for Special Response Team police training on occasion since then.
Since 1886, 14 law enforcement officers have died while on duty in Buchanan County.
The last St. Joseph police officer killed in the line of duty was Officer Brad Arn, who was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance near 22nd Street and Frederick Boulevard on Nov. 10, 1998.
A total of 117 law enforcement officer fatalities were reported in the United States as of Monday, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C.
That’s a 43 percent increase from this time last year.
Rest in Peace Brother....
09-15-2010, 04:48 PM #2
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- May 2005
- Kansas City, Missouri
God speed to Officer DeKraai and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers over this tragic incident.
09-16-2010, 12:59 PM #3
St. Joe MO PD Officer Dan De Kraai funeral will be starting at 10:30AM Saturday at:
Word of Life Church
3902 NE Riverside Road,
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64505
Visitation is Friday evening @
Meierhoffer Funeral Home
5005 Frederick Blvd
St Joseph, MO 64506
Visitation starts at 2:30P and family will be there from 5P to 7P.
Last edited by Bearcat357; 09-16-2010 at 01:45 PM.
09-16-2010, 02:12 PM #4
Too bad.......................it is a sad day.I don't know it all, I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little. Forgive me if I fail to remain completely objective.---slamdunc
I have discussed religion and politics over morning coffee with men who have killed people, you don't scare me.
09-16-2010, 02:22 PM #5
09-16-2010, 02:43 PM #6
The St. Joseph Police Department has released new information on the funeral service for fallen officer Dan De Kraai as well as the identity of the officer who fired the weapon in Wednesday’s fatal accident.
Family visitation for Mr. De Kraai, who died in an accidental shooting after a training session Wednesday, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home, 5005 Frederick Blvd. The funeral will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Word of Life Church, 3902 N. Riverside Road, with viewing for family and friends at 9:30 a.m. at the church prior to the ceremony.
The officer currently on administrative leave in reference to the weapon discharge Wednesday is Officer Jason Strong, who has served the department since October 2005.
“He is a member in good standing, and has served on the Special Response Team for approximately two years,” the police said in a statement. “He also serves as a Field Training Officer, an Evidence Technician, and as a member of the Hazardous Material Response Team. As is evident from the number of specialized assignments that he has been chosen for, Jason has distinguished himself over his five-year career with the department. Jason was also awarded the Medal of Valor reference his notable involvement in an incident earlier this year involving an armed and barricaded subject.”
Buchanan County Sheriff Mike Strong confirmed Thursday afternoon that Jason Strong is his son. The sheriff said he had no other comment at this time.
The department is currently in the process of providing ongoing assessment and counseling for involved officers and co-workers affected by this incident. The city utilizes an Employee Assistance Program, which provides for these services. Depending on circumstances, officers may be required to attend mandatory sessions, or they may be provided on a voluntary basis.
The funeral procession is expected to proceed at around 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. along the following route:
South on Riverside Road to Highway 36
West on Highway 36 to Interstate 229
North on 229 to the Edmond Street exit
East on Edmond to Fourth Street
North on Fourth Street to Faraon Street
East on Faraon Street in front of the Law Enforcement Center to Frederick Boulevard.
East on Frederick Boulevard to Memorial Park Cemetery, 5000 block of Frederick Blvd.
Significant delays to motorists not in the procession can be expected along this route.
Last edited by Bearcat357; 09-16-2010 at 02:48 PM.
09-16-2010, 02:48 PM #7
For some of you that asked....
Donations to the De Kraai family are being accepted at:
801 N. 36th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64503
Or, they may be made to:
Administrative Office of the Chief of Police
501 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
The funds will be used to assist the family, and per the wishes of Mr. De Kraai’s wife, Laura, to develop a scholarship fund in Dan’s name to assist students wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement.
09-16-2010, 07:30 PM #8
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- Midwest USA
As a resident of St.Joseph, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer De Kraai and to the St.Joseph Police Department. It really is a sad time in the community of St.Joseph.
09-16-2010, 08:16 PM #9
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10-22-2010, 11:38 PM #10
No charges in officer shooting
By Kim Norvell
October 22, 2010
No charges will be filed in the death of St. Joseph Police Officer Dan De Kraai.
Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight K. Scroggins announced Friday the investigation revealed Mr. De Kraai’s death was accidental.
“There has been an extensive and ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances surrounding Officer De Kraai’s death. After reviewing all the information, it is clear there is insufficient evidence to support the filing of criminal charges,” Mr. Scroggins said in a press release.
“The investigation reinforces Officer De Kraai’s death was a tragic, accidental shooting during a training exercise. There is nothing to support a determination of criminal negligence.”
Police Chief Chris Connally said the announcement is “one more step” in moving the department forward and allowing officers to focus on supporting Mr. De Kraai’s wife and daughter.
“We worked hard to make sure he had the information he needed to make the decision,” Mr. Connally said. “It still comes back to it was a tragic accident and our heart goes out to the family of Dan De Kraai.”
Mr. De Kraai was accidentally shot after a training exercise by fellow officer Jason Strong. According to the police investigation, Mr. De Kraai wanted to know what it felt like to be shot by a Simunitions training round. Mr. Strong shot Mr. De Kraai in the back, not realizing he had changed to his assigned duty weapon.
Mr. Strong is currently on light-duty status, Mr. Connally said. His “ultimate status” within the department will not be determined until the internal investigation is completed, which “still has a long way to go,” Mr. Connally said.
The department is conducting an extensive internal review of its safety standards, including current and past training, personnel and procedures. Outside agencies will help with the investigation.
According to the prosecutor’s press release, Mr. De Kraai’s wife, Laura, was involved in the process of reviewing the investigation and arriving at this decision.
The family has no comment at this time, said Eric De Kraai, the brother of the fallen officer.
Kim Norvell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10-24-2010, 05:41 AM #11
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