Sergeant Steve Hinkle

Sergeant Steve Hinkle

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Steve Hinkle

Sergeant Steve Hinkle succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier at 3606 Highway 11W.

Deputies had responded to the residence to conduct a welfare check on an occupant. As they approached the home the occupant opened fire on them, causing them to seek cover. As the deputies attempted to establish communication with the man he opened fire a second time, striking Sergeant Hinkle during the exchange of gunfire.

The subject was found deceased inside the home several hours later.

Sergeant Hinkle was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his wounds on February 26th, 2019.

Sergeant Hinkle had served with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office for 27 years.

Bio

  • Age 65
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 1741

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

welfare check

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Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over nine years. I pray that Steve's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

January 11, 2020

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