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Illinois Officer Murdered By Car Theft Suspect

Madison County, IL – A police officer was fatally shot while responding to a suspected stolen vehicle call at a gas station in Pontoon Beach on Tuesday morning.

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 Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins 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 murder had been taken into custody, the Associated Press reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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