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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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My condolocences to Deputy Dinkheller's family & friends.

The video is very disturbing. It haunts you after watching it. As for destroying it, why when it can save other officer's lives. Destroying it will not change what happened, it will not erase the killer's cold & callous disrespect for life.

Justice can only be served when the killer is executed the same way. Lethal injection? Please, that is like going into hospital for surgery knowing there is a risk you may not come out of the anaesthesia.

Anonymous
Mother & Wife of Officer & Trooper
September 26, 2014

 

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