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


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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I heard the call go out over state band radio that night. An officer was down in Laurens County and the Sheriff's Office there was calling for any and all assistance. Six of my co-workers and I loaded up in our patrol cars and struck out from Byron, Ga for the scene . When we got to Hwy 96 and I-16, we couldn't get on the interstate because of the almost never ending caravan of police and sheriff's cars that were also rushing to the scene from All over middle Georgia. After arriving, we laid in a wet cotton field till sunrise, guns at the ready, waiting for the killer to show himself. Kyle, We never knew you personally but we all talk of that night often and we will never forget you, our fallen brother. God bless you and your family

Captain Bill Lavender
Byron, Georgia Police Department
September 1, 2015


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