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Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia


Jerry Lynn Hines

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, February 20, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # 797

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1998

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Trooper Jerry Hines was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on I-81 near Lexington, Virginia.

Unbeknownst to him, the male passenger had just killed the elderly owner of the vehicle and was holding the female driver as a hostage.

As Trooper Hines spoke with the female outside of the vehicle, the suspect opened fire, striking him in the neck and shoulder, killing him instantly.

The vehicle was spotted by members of the Salem Police Department, who began to pursue it. During the chase, the suspect killed the female passenger and then attempted to commit suicide, but survived.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and executed in 1998.

Trooper Hines was a veteran of the Virginia National Guard.

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The terrible killing of the Dallas Police Officers caused me to remember Trooper Hines. While living in the Fairfield area, I taught U.S. Government at Buena Vista in the summer and had invited Trooper Hines to meet with the class. He was a great success with the students, probably the best class of the summer! Later, driving at night from Lexington, before cell phones, I hit a Deer and Trooper Hines happen to come along and called for a tow truck, etc. He jokingly asked me, “You can have the Deer if you want!” I told him, “Think I will pass tonight!” I was certainly saddened by his tragic death, a truly outstanding person, and I consider myself privileged to have known Trooper Hines, if even briefly.

Kenneth McBride
Virginia resident
July 9, 2016


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