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

Trooper

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

Incident Date: 2/20/1989

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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I was a young Trooper with 2 years service when Trooper Hines was murdered. I was assigned in an adjoining county, although we worked out of separate Division Headquarters.(Amherst/Rockbridge). I can recall his funeral service as if it were yesterday, with the cold rain/sleet falling on the mourners that traveled from all parts of the country.
My daddy who was also a Virginia State Trooper was a close friend of Jerry's, as he was hired in 1965 and Jerry in 1966. He has since retired in 2005. I continue to work in the Division Jerry was assigned too when he lost his life. I tell this trivia....for a purpose.
Today my youngest son had his first T-ball practice at the ripe old age of 5. As my wife (also former VSP-Trooper) and I was standing on a bank, freezing watching the little ones play, I noticed a Virginia Law Enforcement Memorial License Plate parked at the field. I immediately recalled the unit number of Jerry Hines, and knew it had to be associated with him. Well....as fate would have it, the vehicle belonged to Trooper Jerry Hines daughter (who was 13 when she lost her daddy), and her daughter (Jerry Lynn) was the only little girl on a team full of boys. I was able to meet her, and recount several stories about her daddy...as we both shed a tear. This all occurred some 75 miles away from where Jerry was assigned. Tomorrow is my dad's 70'th birthday, and we got pictures of the two little ones in front of the license plate to send to him. I know in my heart Trooper Jerry Hines would be awfully Proud!

First Sergeant Ken Keesee
Virginia State Police
March 23, 2013

 

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