Illinois Police Officer Is Shot and Killed Near St. Louis

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Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins successful  a record  photo. (Pontoon Beach Police Department/Courtesy of Illinois State Police via AP)

Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins successful a record photo. (Pontoon Beach Police Department/Courtesy of Illinois State Police via AP)

PONTOON BEACH, Ill.—A police officer was changeable to decease Tuesday by a antheral astatine a state presumption successful an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, authorities said.

Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, died aft being taken to a hospital, Illinois State Police Trooper Jayme Bufford said.

The serviceman was changeable astatine astir 8 a.m. astatine a Speedway state presumption on Route 111 and was rushed to a infirmary successful adjacent Granite City earlier being transferred a St. Louis infirmary that specializes successful the astir captious cases, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Bufford said Timmins had approached a car successful the state station’s parking batch due to the fact that helium suspected it had been stolen, and that a antheral began firing connected him. The fishy was taken into custody.

The conveyance that seemingly sparked the officer’s involvement was a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup motortruck with Missouri licence plates.

Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting.

Bufford did not instantly merchandise further information, saying that “the probe is successful its infancy.”

Timmins joined the Pontoon Beach constabulary unit successful April 2020, State Police Master Sgt. Elbert Jennings said. He was a constabulary serviceman successful Madison County for 14 years and antecedently served arsenic a constabulary serviceman successful Roxana, Wordon and Hartford.

Edwardsville Police Chief Michael Fillback said officers passim the country are filling successful connected patrol for Pontoon Beach due to the fact that that city’s officers were truthful shaken by the shooting.

The Associated Press

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