Lieutenant Louis Arthur Hinkel

Lieutenant Louis Arthur Hinkel

Dearborn Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, August 2, 1974

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Louis Arthur Hinkel

Lieutenant Louis Hinkel was shot and killed by a man armed with a rifle at 14251 Robertson Street in Dearborn.

When Lieutenant Hinkel arrived at the scene, he attempted to talk the man into dropping the rifle, but the man opened fire, killing him. He was transported to Oakwood Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject, 24, was taken into custody by other officers. He was convicted of Lieutenant Hinkel's murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison on December 3, 1992.

Lieutenant Hinkel was a United States Army World War II veteran and had served with the Dearborn Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two brothers.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 27 years
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

weapons violation

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Sending love to my grandpa. I never had the chance to meet him, but heard so many wonderful stories. He was an amazing man.

Lindsey Burke (Hinkel)

August 9, 2022

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