Kyle Wayne Dinkheller
Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 37
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 12, 1998
Weapon Used: Rifle; .30 caliber
Suspect Info: Sentenced to death
Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was shot and killed after pulling over a man on a rural road about 6 miles north of Dublin, Georgia. During the traffic stop he called in for backup. Before the backup arrived he was shot by the man with a rifle. He was able to return fire, striking the suspect in the stomach. The suspect was found during a search the next morning and taken into custody.
The entire incident was videotaped by a camera in Deputy Dinkheller's patrol car. On January 28, 2000, the suspect was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death two days later.
Deputy Dinkheller is survived by his expectant wife and 22-month-old daughter. Deputy Dinkheller's son was born in early September 1998.