Deputy State Sheriff Charles A. Halpin

Deputy State Sheriff Charles A. Halpin

South Dakota Office of the State Sheriff, South Dakota

End of Watch Friday, May 13, 1927

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Charles A. Halpin

Deputy State Sheriff Charles Halpin and Federal Prohibition Agent Charles Bintliff, of the United States Treasury Department, were shot and killed near Redfield, South Dakota, while attempting to arrest a man who had wounded another federal agent one week earlier.

Deputy Sheriff Halpin and Agent Bintliff were with two other officers and they arrived at the man's farm at 1:30 am. The officers separated and Deputy Halpin and Agent Bintliff went to search the barn.

As the two searched the barn, the man opened fire on them with a shotgun, striking Agent Bintliff in the chest and Deputy Halpin in the abdomen. Both men were killed instantly. The suspect fled but committed suicide after a posse of 400 men surrounded him later in the day.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest in peace Deputy State Sheriff Halpin and Olav Hashalom. Your honor and bravery are what humanity needs from dedicated personnel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 20, 2018

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