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Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1998

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Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

This is an unfortunately infamous death and I have heard it is actually used for police training. This is why police officers shoot quickly and think fast, people get all the time they want to question cops later and try to paint all cops badly when in reality only a tiny percent of cops are actually bad.

This is more tragic in the fact that you were so young, you weren't 50, 40, or even 30, you were just 22 years old, just old enough to be on active duty I think. It is sad that such a young man had to die.

And may god have mercy upon Andrew Brannan's soul, I hope that remorse he expressed before he was put to death was real.


August 11, 2016

Thank you Kyle your death is not in vain may the son of a bitch burn in hell for taking your precious life

tracey Robinson private citizen

August 5, 2016

Deputy Dinkheller,
We never knew one another, but for some reason you had come to my mind today. I found it interesting that when I typed your name in my search bar, I learned that today was your birthday. If my math is correct, you'd be 41 today. My heart weighs heavy at the thought that your children never got to know you. I hope that if there is anything beyond this life, you are at peace and watching over your loved ones.
Happy birthday Deputy Dinkheller.

J. Weant

June 18, 2016

Watched your video today and as a cadet in the police academy it was a real reality check for me to always be cautious. Your father came and spoke to the class about how important officer safety is and seems to be a great man. Thank you for your service and my prayers go out to your family sir. Rest in peace brother


April 22, 2016

Sir, I have watched your final moments many times and it keeps me alert and ready on every traffic stop that I make. Though your loss was exceptionally tragic, I know it has served to help others. To this day, you are a blessing. I just wish you could be here with your loving family.

Sergeant Di Leonardo
U.S. Deptartment of Veterans Affairs Police

February 16, 2016

The way that you were taken from your family and brothers in service was tragic. The only silver lining is that your death is being used to train other officers - saving lives. Thank You for your service.

Civilian E S
Social Services

February 5, 2016

Today the animal who murdered you was put to death! May he forever rot in hell.

Gone but not forgotten. A true hero taken way too soon.

Detective L. Garcia
Los Angeles Police Dept.

January 17, 2016

I was researching another subject when I came across this video. I was, and still am shocked. I was just sickened by it. I am comforted in knowing that, you Kyle, are now in heaven and can't be hurt anymore. someday you will be reuinited with your loved ones in heaven. Police officers are trained to make it home at the end of every shift. Kyle, God says , "you made it home. now take your rest".

Jenna Morgan, civilian
retired volunteer for L.A. County Sheriffs Dept.

January 3, 2016

We watched this video in our police academy traffic stop phase. Ibecame a deputy sheriff. There was never a traffic stop I made where I did not think of you. How quickly everything went wrong and how far away your help was. I'm so proud of you. I'm so thankful for officers like you. You have had a profound impact on my life. It still hurts my heart to remember this video of you. I don't need to watch it again because your screams reach across and transcend a barrier that words cannot explain. We were never too quick to pull our guns brother. It's just that we never knew what we were walking up on. There were times that my closest backup was 18 miles away. I am proud to call you brother. I love you. I thank you. Rest in peace my friend. You are still touching lives.

former patrol officer
Eastland police

December 3, 2015

I am an actor and have been doing research for a role as a police officer who gets shot. This video had such an emotional effect on me, felt so bad for Kyle! How come they don't show more videos like this instead of just cops shooting unarmed citizens? Bet the public would think differently if they saw these instead


November 21, 2015

I, like many others, saw the videos of the incident which claimed this Officers life. It moved me to such an extent, I felt compelled to try and find something like this memorial page, so, I could express my respect to Deputy Dinkheller, and his family.

Special Constable Hooper
Sussex Police, England

October 19, 2015

I am not connected to this directly as I am from Norwich, UK. But I have seen this footage and for me it is a perfect demonstration about the gun crime issue the US faces. In the UK I cannot remember an incident like this ever happening.

I have FULL respect for what the law enforcement agencies in the US face, however I find it very strange that you can have combat trained individuals driving around with assault rifles in their vehicles. A recipe for disaster.

This footage will haunt me for the rest of my life and I have full respect for the police and emergency services in the US.

I would also like to pass my condolences to Kyles family and wish them all the best in life.

Best and kindest regards,

Stuart Kemp
Norwich, England.

Stuart Kemp

October 17, 2015

Why did it take 17 years almost to the day for justice to be served?
Rest in peace now Deputy.

Captain Mike McAllister
Washington State Firefighter

September 26, 2015

I heard the call go out over state band radio that night. An officer was down in Laurens County and the Sheriff's Office there was calling for any and all assistance. Six of my co-workers and I loaded up in our patrol cars and struck out from Byron, Ga for the scene . When we got to Hwy 96 and I-16, we couldn't get on the interstate because of the almost never ending caravan of police and sheriff's cars that were also rushing to the scene from All over middle Georgia. After arriving, we laid in a wet cotton field till sunrise, guns at the ready, waiting for the killer to show himself. Kyle, We never knew you personally but we all talk of that night often and we will never forget you, our fallen brother. God bless you and your family

Captain Bill Lavender
Byron, Georgia Police Department

September 1, 2015

Kyle, I'll say a prayer for your children tonight. Their father was very brave. Rest in peace brother.

SDS Mark McCormack

August 27, 2015

I seen the video of that animal killing you. It was heart breaking. I know you're in a better place . Thank you for your service. RIP.

Future Detroit PO Ali .
Dearborn, MI

August 15, 2015

This has to be one of the saddest things i have ever seen. I really feel for Kyle because he seems to want to be patient with someone who was clearly mentally ill. I saw the video at the school where i just received a arm security officer certicate. Im 63 year's old and in honor of Kyle's i still want to best the best i can be. RIP Kyle.

Moody Church

August 3, 2015

I am a soldier in Brazil and I'm here doing a virtual course of military police of my state appears suddenly this video and I was curious about this case then clicked on google to research more and came vine here on this page and I want to just write this: Mr Dinkheller you are good friend !!and it did what should be done, but someone with skills in weapons did not respect you and you do not expect that. God be with you..

Soldado Ambrosio
Polcia Miltiar de Minas Gerais.Brasil.

July 2, 2015

As I graduate the law enforcement academy today I will think about you and the other fallen brothers and sisters in blue. What happened to you is horrifying, you showed incredible bravery. Today will not be about me and my classmates, today is for you. Thank you for your sacrifice.

LE academy graduate L Thomas

May 21, 2015

I've followed this case from time to time during my career as it is one of the most horrifying ones I know. I am a cop in a Major City - Toronto , Ontario , Canada and have been since 1991. This Incident I think about often and I believe it keeps me more aware of evil in the world. I recently visited this case and was glad to hear the they finally put the evil person to rest that took his precious life. I know Kyle is in heaven - Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. And I'm hoping that his murderer is not granted entry through the gates of heaven.

Police Constable
Toronto Police Service

April 10, 2015

Kyle love you and miss you Dearly . You will live in our hearts for as long as they beat . I can still see you smile .

Doug and Adriene Pauley
friends of family

April 5, 2015

You can finally now Rest In Peace my Brother! Thank you for your service and may God Bless you and your family now and Forever.

Deputy Sheriff III Brian Wade
Alexandria Sheriffs Office

February 2, 2015

Thank you for your service. I'm at a loss somewhat for words. What I can say is I appreciate what you and other officers have done & continue to so, which is to serve & protect. To many take you for granted. RIP Kyle.

Andrew, Civilian

January 27, 2015

Rest in peace. Thank you for your service, Kyle.


January 20, 2015

Eu vi esse vídeo alguns anos atrás em um programa de TV aqui no Brasil e fiquei bastante triste. Nas imagens, percebe-se que o oficial Dinkheller fez de tudo para preservar a vida do motorista da caminhoneta e isso acabou ocasionando essa tragédia. Ele teve oportunidade de neutralizar o veterano de guerra, mais não o fez porque era muito jovem e inexperiente, ao contrário do veterano, que além de ser frio era também um bom atirador. Depois desse incidente tenho certeza que muitas vidas de policiais não só nos Estados Unidos da América, mas como de todo o mundo já foram salvas. Aqui no Brasil nós sempre tomamos esses casos como exemplos, e serve para mostrar o quanto é perigosa essa atividade de policial, onde muitas vezes oficiais que estão representando a lei são assassinados de forma brutal e covarde. Nas academias de formação de policiais de todo o mundo, essas imagens, além de outras devem ser mostradas em cursos de formação dos agentes da lei para que eles fiquem ainda mais vigilantes durante o serviço e assim o número de policiais mortos venha a diminuir bastante. A justiça tarda, mas não falha. O assassino do oficial Dinkheller vai queimar eternamente no inferno.

Subtenente Ronaldo de Oliveira
Polícia Militar do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

January 19, 2015

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