Illinois cop is shot dead after approaching a suspected stolen truck at gas station near Missouri border
- Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins died in the shooting on Tuesday
- He was approaching a suspected stolen Toyota Tacoma with Missouri plates
- Driver opened fire, killing him, and has been taken into custody, cops say
A police officer has been shot to death by a man at a gas station in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, authorities said.
Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, succumbed to his injuries at a St. Louis hospital after the shooting around 8am on Tuesday, Trooper Jayme Bufford of the Illinois State Police confirmed.
Timmins was shot at a Speedway gas station along Route 111 when he approached a car in the gas station’s parking lot because he suspected it had been stolen.
The suspect was taken into custody.
The officer was rushed to a hospital in nearby Granite City before being airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he was pronounced dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, (left) succumbed to his injuries at a St. Louis hospital after the shooting around 8am on Tuesday
Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Tuesday at the Speedway gas station in Pontoon Beach. A police officer died Tuesday after being shot by a man at the gas station
The vehicle that apparently sparked the officer’s interest was a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with Missouri license plates.
Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office said the investigation continues, and charges will be filed once the request is submitted.
Bufford did not immediately release additional information, saying that ‘the investigation is in its infancy.’
Edwardsville Police Chief Michael Fillback said officers throughout the area are filling in on patrol for Pontoon Beach because that city’s officers were so shaken by the shooting.
Timmins had previously served the nearby Worden community as the police chief in 2016, Mayor Preston Hall said in a Facebook post.
Police officers embrace while waiting outside the emergency room at Gateway Medical Center in Granite City.
Officer Timmins is survived by his wife, according to BackStoppers, a group that provides assistance to the families of fallen first responders.
The BackStoppers foundation said that it would provide immediate assistance of $10,000 to the Timmins’ family to help cover emergency expenses.
‘Our hearts are heavy today as we are faced with the loss of Officer Tyler Timmins,’ said Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director.
‘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,’ said Battelle.
Those interested in supporting the BackStoppers foundation can donate on the group’s website.