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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

Incident Date: 1/12/1998

Weapon: Rifle; .30 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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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 suspect in the stomach. The suspect 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 suspect was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death two days later.

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 was told that someone had posted the video to REDDIT today. I had to go back and look at it again. I used to show this video over and over again at our Advanced Training Branch in Artesia, NM. (now the regular academy for Border Patrol. Every time I showed this video and saw it I would look at the faces of my students....it was unbelievable. Seasoned agents were speechless. The video was probably one of my best teaching tools on how fast things escalate. I had not seen it in years but I thought of it almost every time I pulled someone over. I saw it again today and it still shocks me, it's like the first time I ever saw it. What a waste of life. My prayers to the family.

First Line Supervisor. Albert Montoya
U.S. Border Patrol
November 8, 2014

 

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