Trooper Oren Stuart Hindman

Trooper Oren Stuart Hindman

South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1985

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Oren Stuart Hindman

Trooper Hindman was stabbed to death by a suspect he had placed in his patrol car. Trooper Hindman had arrested a woman for DUI near Spearfish and provided her boyfriend a ride. During the trip the woman's boyfriend stabbed Trooper Hindman in his throat from the backseat of the patrol car and then both fled on foot. Trooper Hindman drove himself to the hospital but died before surgeons could arrive.

The suspect pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Hindman had served with the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 6.5 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Dear Trooper Hindman,

I've always looked up to men like you.
I've always wanted to be a Law Enforcement Officer. I want to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. You seem like a very nice man and I wish I could've met you. I live close to where you were stabbed. I think about all of the slain officers every day as my father is a police officer. Thank you for your service.
I hope your in heaven living a good life(Or afterlife), I hope one day we can meet in the great beyond.

Mason Oster
Son of Police officer.
South Dakota

August 14, 2019

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