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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I too had the joy of knowing Oren in college at Augustana. His creative sense of humor was always something I admired. We played in the Brass Choir together and had the privilege of being directed by another great man, Harry Krueger. I hope there are trumpets and trombones in heaven because to know that Oren and Harry are there gives me hope of more great laughs and awesome music. I miss you Oren and have and will not forget.

Thomas Bierer
Friend from college

December 28, 2021

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