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Pontoon Beach police officer dies after being shot at gas station | Law and order

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PONTOON BEACH — A Pontoon Beach police officer has died after being shot Tuesday morning at a gas station.

Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, died at a St. Louis hospital of his injuries, said Trooper Jayme Bufford of the Illinois State Police.

His body was transported to the St. Louis medical examiner’s office Tuesday afternoon, escorted by a procession of police cars that stretched for a half-mile.



People gather outside the Pontoon Beach Police Department as Police departments from around the area escort the body of Pontoon Beach police office Tyler Timmins to Marks Mortuary in Wood River on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Timmins was shot about 8 a.m. Tuesday on the parking lot of a Speedway gas station, at Highway 111 and Chain of Rocks Road. As the officer walked toward a vehicle he suspected had been stolen, a man began firing shots. Video by David Carson, [email protected]






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Timmins was shot about 8 a.m. Tuesday on the parking lot of a Speedway gas station, at Highway 111 and Chain of Rocks Road. As the officer walked toward a vehicle he suspected had been stolen, a man began firing shots, Bufford said.

Illinois State Police said a man was arrested on the scene immediately after the shooting. Police had not publicly identified the suspect.

The vehicle that apparently sparked the officer’s interest was a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with Missouri license plates.






Tyler Timmins

Officer Tyler Timmins (Courtesy Illinois State Patrol)


The injured officer was rushed to a hospital in Granite City with life-threatening injuries, then transferred to SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, which specializes in the most critical cases. Officers from numerous departments congregated outside in support.

Pontoon Beach, a village in Madison County, has a population of about 5,800 residents. The village employs 22 people on its police force, including four dispatchers and a records clerk.

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