Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: 9217
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 7, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Killed by officers
Agency Contact Information
Chief David Brown
Dallas Police Department
1400 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: (214) 671-4065
Police Officer Michael Krol, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.
As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.
The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.
Officer Krol had served with the Dallas Police Department for nine years and had previously served with the Wayne County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Office for four years.
Krol, an eight-year Dallas Police Department veteran, was a former jail worker with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan from 2003 to 2007.
All the 40-year-old suburban Detroit native ever wanted was to become a police officer — and he set his sights on Dallas, family said.
"He got into law enforcement and worked really hard to be a police officer," his uncle, Jim Ehlke, told NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit. "He spent some time at the correctional facility. It wasn’t quite what he was looking for, so he worked pretty hard to find a job and got one in Dallas."
The family worried about his safety, but knew how important his job was to him.
"He was all in," Ehlke added, "he was all in."