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Police Officer James Ray Hinkley | Mason Police Department, Michigan Mason Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

James Ray Hinkley

Mason Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, August 6, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Hinkley was shot and killed at 0225 hours while escorting a woman home from her the restaurant where she worked at. The two were attacked by the woman's estranged husband and Officer Hinkley was shot in the stomach with a 12-gauge shotgun. Although mortally wounded, Officer Hinkley was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Hinkley had served with the Mason Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with the Michigan State Constabulary during WWI. He was survived by his wife and two brothers.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 1, 2013


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