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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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This is an unfortunately infamous death and I have heard it is actually used for police training. This is why police officers shoot quickly and think fast, people get all the time they want to question cops later and try to paint all cops badly when in reality only a tiny percent of cops are actually bad.

This is more tragic in the fact that you were so young, you weren't 50, 40, or even 30, you were just 22 years old, just old enough to be on active duty I think. It is sad that such a young man had to die.

And may god have mercy upon Andrew Brannan's soul, I hope that remorse he expressed before he was put to death was real.

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August 11, 2016

 

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