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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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Officer Dinkheller, you are a true HERO in every sense of the word. I just saw this video for the first time today and my heart is filled with so much sadness. I then read about your life and who you were. You sir were robbed of a great life you truly deserved and a beautiful little girl who I am sure adored her daddy. A son you never got the privilege of meeting who I pray has been told his entire life how much he would have meant to you and how much you would have loved him. Sir, thank you so much for your service and your protection of others. Your life was one of honor and I just want to pay the respect of saluting you and your brave family. Many officers have learned and been saved because of your tragedy. Thank you Officer Dinkheller for your service. Thank you Mrs. Dinkheller for your courage in keeping this video out there to teach others. May God always bless you and your family. With much love and respect.

Michelle
Civilian
September 29, 2016

 

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