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Corporal Robert Howard Hinson | Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina


Robert Howard Hinson

Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 18, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Robert Hinson was shot once in the head and killed while responding to a breaking and entering call at the county airport. The two suspects, ages 16 and 17, had called in a false breaking and entering report to lure an officer to an ambush. As Corporal Hinson approached, he was shot and killed without warning at close range.

The suspects were apprehended nearby by responding officers. During interviews, one of the suspects reportedly bragged the ambush was an execution to complete gang initiation. Both suspects were tried as adults and sentenced to life in prison with an additional 70 years to run consecutively.

Corporal Hinson had also served with the United States military during the Vietnam War and was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

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Daddy, we miss you every single day. You are constantly in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Love eternally, Karen, JB, Shane and Brian

Karen Hinson McPherson
November 7, 2017


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