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 Oren 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. Both subjects then both fled on foot. Trooper Hindman drove himself to the hospital but died before surgeons arrived.

The subject who stabbed him pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Hindman was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 6-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


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

Incident Details

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


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40 years ago I was on my way home from a BHSU JV football game to see my newborn son and a patrolman stopped me north of Spearfish for speeding.

I recited the days litany of events and he gave me a warning and reminded me I have something important to go home to.

I have never forgotten Trooper Hindman who would be killed by a drunk passenger of a DUI arrest in May of 1985.

He too had something important to go home to. A daughter I believe and a wife who continues to serve first responders during the bike rally.

May the perpetual light shine upon him, amen.

James C Sowers no rank
Traffic stop

September 26, 2023

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