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 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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The first time I heard your story was 12 years ago, when I was looking into getting into law enforcement. It was not easy then, and it's even harder now. I think about what happened often. I wish I could change it. As a husband and father, I cannot begin to imagine what your family went through and goes through everyday. I know for me, someone who never knew you, it still reverberates in my mind. You are very much still remembered, and I think every LEO in America knows who you are and your sacrifice. Every traffic stop, every call, your name and that stop will echo in my mind. Thank you for your service, and your bravery. Your loss is still felt and remembered, and your sacrifice has saved so many other officers ever since. Rest in peace Deputy, you will always be in my thoughts

Officer Recruit David Muncy
Hopewell Police Department

February 18, 2021

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