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Hero Down: Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins Murdered By Gunman

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

Madison County, IL – Pontoon Beach Police Department (PBPD) Officer Tyler Timmins was murdered in the line of duty Tuesday while responding to a report of a motor vehicle theft at a gas station.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Speedway gas station on Route 111 near Interstate 270, the Associated Press reported.

Illinois State Police (ISP) said that as Officer Timmins, 36, began to approach the suspect vehicle, someone inside the car opened fire on him, KSDK reported.

Police rushed Officer Timmons to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City in a patrol vehicle, and from there the wounded officer was airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital.

Officer Timmons was pronounced dead at the hospital, KSDK reported.

Police said the suspect in the officer’s murderer had been taken into custody, the Associated Press reported.

Officer Timmins leaves behind his wife, family, friends, and coworkers, according to a fundraising page established by The BackStoppers.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we are faced with the loss of Officer Tyler Timmins,” The BackStoppers Executive Director Ron Battelle said on the fundraising page. “He was a hero who dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community. Officer Timmins will be honored and remembered and we will be there for his family for the long road ahead.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pontoon Beach Police Department Officer Tyler Timmins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Tyler Timmins, your life mattered.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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