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Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller | Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

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Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 37

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30 caliber

Offender: Executed in 2015

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Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was shot and killed after pulling over a man on a rural road about 6 miles north of Dublin, Georgia.

During the traffic stop he called in for backup. Before the backup arrived he was shot by the man with a rifle. He was able to return fire, striking the subject in the stomach. The subject was found during a search the next morning and taken into custody.

The entire incident was videotaped by a camera in Deputy Dinkheller's patrol car. On January 28, 2000, the subject was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death two days later. He was put to death on January 13th, 2015.

Deputy Dinkheller is survived by his expectant wife and 22-month-old daughter. Deputy Dinkheller's son was born in early September 1998.

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As I graduate the law enforcement academy today I will think about you and the other fallen brothers and sisters in blue. What happened to you is horrifying, you showed incredible bravery. Today will not be about me and my classmates, today is for you. Thank you for your sacrifice.

LE academy graduate L Thomas
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May 21, 2015

 

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