Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1998

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Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was shot and killed after pulling over a man on Whipple Cross Road near Dudley, Georgia.

He had initiated the traffic stop on I-16 after clocking a vehicle driving 98 mph. During the traffic stop, he called in for backup. Before the backup arrived he was shot by the man with a rifle. He was able to return fire, striking the subject in the stomach. The subject was found during a search the next morning and taken into custody.

The entire incident was videotaped by a camera in Deputy Dinkheller's patrol car. On January 28, 2000, the subject was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death two days later. He was put to death on January 13th, 2015.

Deputy Dinkheller had served with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office for four years. He is survived by his expectant wife and 22-month-old daughter. Deputy Dinkheller's son was born in early September 1998.

Bio

  • Age 22
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 37

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 2015

traffic stop

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Kyle , I think of you more often now that I’m retired. I will remember you until my time ends. You stood against the tyranny of evil with bravery and honour and paid the supreme sacrifice for it - always remembered young hero

Robert J. Licop
Retired Toronto Police Constable

December 28, 2021

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