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Trooper Oren Stuart Hindman | South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

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Oren Stuart Hindman

South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

End of Watch: Thursday, May 2, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Hindman was stabbed to death by a suspect he had placed in his patrol car. Trooper Hindman had arrested a woman for DUI near Spearfish and provided her boyfriend a ride. During the trip the woman's boyfriend stabbed Trooper Hindman in his throat from the backseat of the patrol car and then both fled on foot. Trooper Hindman drove himself to the hospital but died before surgeons could arrive.

The suspect pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Hindman had served with the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 6.5 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I was about 24 years old when Oren came to my place of employment to serve me with a warrant for an unpaid ticket. I remember him because he was so kind about it, almost as if he was a little embarrassed to have to do serve me at work. He gave me a lot of respect for those few moments we interacted. But I'll never forget how he made me feel.

It wasn't long after that that I heard about his untimely death. I've actually thought about him many times throughout the years. Not really sure why. I guess it's because he left such a good impression on me. At that age I was kind of a rebel, and didn't have a very good perspective on lawmen. He made me look at officers in a new light.

Rest in peace Officer Hindman.

Vince Sheeder
RTD Denver
February 24, 2017

 

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