Corporal Robert Howard Hinson

Corporal Robert Howard Hinson

Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, June 18, 1991

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Robert Howard Hinson

Corporal Robert Hinson was shot once in the head and killed while responding to a breaking and entering call at the county airport. The two suspects, ages 16 and 17, had called in a false breaking and entering report to lure an officer to an ambush. As Corporal Hinson approached, he was shot and killed without warning at close range.

The suspects were apprehended nearby by responding officers. During interviews, one of the suspects reportedly bragged the ambush was an execution to complete gang initiation. Both suspects were tried as adults and sentenced to life in prison with an additional 70 years to run consecutively.

Corporal Hinson a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, gang member, juvenile offender

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Corporal Hinson, We went over your case today in our PLI class. We were looking over one of the confessions from your case, which lead me to look you up on ODMP. I wanted to let you know that you are gone but not forgotten. Thank you for your service and for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

Officer B. Tew
Holly Springs Police Department

November 19, 2019

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