Report: Boston officer stabbed in neck after responding to domestic violence call, suspect fatally shot

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BOSTON, MA- According to authorities, on Saturday night, November 6th, a Boston police officer was stabbed in the neck and head by a man who was then fatally shot by another police officer. 

The incident occurred at a three-story home located at 27 Ingleside Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. when officers rushed to respond to a call of a domestic violence situation inside the residence. 

Police stated that when they arrived, they encountered the suspect, a 37-year-old man, on the third floor landing of the house. The suspect immediately assaulted the officers with a knife and stabbed one of them in the neck. Boston Police Superintendent-in-chief Gregory Long said in a statement:

“Another officer on scene discharged his firearm, striking the suspect.”

Long said the suspect, who has not yet been named to the public, was transported to a Boston area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect’s name will be released after an autopsy is completed.

Sources within the department said the knife-wielding attacker previously choked a female officer to the point of unconsciousness when she responded to the same home for another domestic violence call back in 2018.

The police officer who was stabbed in the neck and head was rushed to Boston Medical Center. His stab wounds were said to be non-life threatening.

The officer, who has not been identified by authorities, was released from the hospital on Sunday, November 7th. 

Long said the other responding officers were also transported to the hospital for evaluation. Investigators recovered the suspect’s knife at the scene. Investigators spend the night after the incident interviewing residents and potential witnesses. They are searching for any surveillance video from neighboring buildings.

Reportedly, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office will lead the investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, following normal protocol. Rollins’ spokesperson, Matthew Brelis, said in a statement:

“The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is directing and controlling the investigation into the incident and personnel are on scene.”

In a separate incident in Dorcester, MA, three Boston police officers were shot and a suspect was killed during a standoff on November 9th. Chief Long said that at 9:30 a.m., officers responded to a call at Ferndale Street about a person with a gun.

When police arrived on scene, they found a suspect had threatened people inside an apartment with a firearm. The suspect then barricaded himself inside.

Negotiations lasted for nearly six hours and involved SWAT teams and Boston police negotiators. Police were inside the apartment around 3:30 p.m. when the suspect fired at the officers, striking three of them. Police returned fire, shooting the suspect multiple times. He as pronounced dead at the scene.

The three officers were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. As of the afternoon on November 10th, two had been released. The third is also expected to recover. Long said in a statement:

“In the last three days, we’ve had four Boston police officers suffer injuries as a result of lethal force. This highlights the dangers the men and women of this department face every single day they put on this uniform.”

On Thursday, November 11th, the third officer was released from the hospital. A crowd of officers and well-wishers waited outside Boston Medical Center to greet the officer as he exited the hospital just after 3 p.m. Larry Calderone, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, said in a statement:

“He’s happy to be discharged. He’s looking forward to going home and spending time with the family, and he’s very thankful to the doctors, nurses and everybody here at BMC.”

When discussing the recent violence, Calderone said:

“We’re to the point where in the last few days, we have had four of our officers stabbed or shot and it’s a total disregard for public safety in general.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

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Off-duty officer shot after stumbling upon and trying to stop a commercial burglary

November 4th, 2021

PUYALLUP, WA – Puyallup Police responded to a shooting call in the early morning hours of October 31st.  When they arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find that an off-duty police officer was the one who had been shot.

Puyallup Police arrived in the area of 11 St NW and River Road at the Jennings Equipment Store before 7 am and made contact with off-duty Federal Way Police Officer Donovan Heavener who was suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Puyallup Police officers immediately began life-saving measures and Heavener was transported to nearby Tacoma General Hospital by medical crews.

Heavener underwent surgery and is thankfully expected to survive. Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang said:

“The Federal Way Police Department would like to thank all those that have sent kind words, prayers, and assistance during this critical time.”

Puyallup Police report that Heavener was out for a morning jog when he encountered what appears to be a burglary attempt at Jennings Equipment. Police are not releasing if Heavener attempted to stop the burglary and was shot or was just simply shot because he was a potential witness.

Police report that they believe Heavener was shot while standing on a sidewalk near a black Chevy truck. At some point, police say that someone inside of the truck opened fire, striking Heavener. The truck then fled the scene last seen traveling eastbound on River Road to North Meridian.

Police issued a bolo (be on the lookout) for the suspect vehicle.

After a few hours of the bolo being active, Puyallup Police located a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the shooting. There are no reports if there were any persons inside of the vehicle and/or any evidence. Police also have not released any information concerning any suspect identities.

Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle addressed the incident:

“The Puyallup Police Department has determined that our suspects are Hispanic, were speaking Spanish, and had been in the area of our city in the area of 8th Ave NW and 13th St NW just prior to the incident. Some citizens observed them there.

These subjects appeared to have left that area of that city and then come to the business for the burglary.”

Detectives with the Puyallup Police Department are asking anyone in the area to check their video surveillance and see if it may have captured any portion of the incident or the suspects coming into or out of the scene.

Any glimpses of the vehicle regardless of what direction it is coming from will help detectives pinpoint more specific information about the case.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to please contact them at their tip line at 253 770-3343 or email them at [email protected].

Heavener has spent almost thirty years in law enforcement and is also the state director for the Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. In this role, Heavener oversees over 2,000 officers that participate in the Special Olympics in some form and helps bring awareness to the event.

Additionally, Heavener and others at his police agency take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Tacoma. 

He and others dress up in costumes to raise money which helps offset costs incurred by the athletes that perform in the Special Olympics. Mary Do, the Chief Operating Officer for the Special Olympics in Washington had this to say about Heavener:

“We love Donovan and are so grateful for his dedication and support of the athletes and the community. We are sending Donovan, his family and all of our law enforcement officers love and light during this time.”

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Officer down: Illinois officer – a young dad – shot to death while investigating report of stolen car

Pontoon Beach, IL – A 14-year law enforcement veteran was shot to death while investigating a possible stolen car at a gas station. The Illinois State Police confirmed the tragic news surrounding Officer Tyler Timmins of the Pontoon Beach Police Department. He had only been with the department for 18 months.

According to reports, Timmins was checking into a car that was potentially stolen around 8 am at a Speedway gas station. A man opened fire on him, striking him at least once and leaving him him with life-threatening injuries. 

As reported by KSDK: 

“A fellow officer rushed Timmins to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. From there, he was airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital in south St. Louis. Police department vehicles from several local agencies were seen parked outside the emergency departments at SLU and Gateway Regional Medical Center.”

Several hours later, Timmins succumbed to his wounds.

The alleged shooter was taken into custody. Details surrounding the suspect have not been disclosed at this time. He was sitting inside the vehicle Timmins was checking when he began shooting. A second person was also taken into custody at the scene.

A witness, who heard the shots but did not see what happened, assisted officers with getting Timmins into a squad car. 

“I grabbed him by the belt and got in the police car and started pulling him in the back seat so I could help them get him in the car,” Russell Morrow told local reporters. 

Timmins was 36-years old and leaves behind a wife and a daughter. 

The BackStoppers have stepped in to assist the family.  

“Our hearts are heavy today as we are faced with the loss of Officer Tyler Timmins. 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,” Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director, said in a statement on their website. 

Departments from around the country have posted their tributes on social media. 

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, & co-workers of Police Officer Tyler Timmins of the Pontoon Beach Police Department, who was shot & killed while investigating a stolen vehicle. He has served his community for 15 years. #FidelisAdMortem” -NYPD

 

Fidelis Ad Mortem is a Latin phrase meaning faithful unto death, and is the motto of the NYPD. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said: 

“On behalf of myself and the @Chicago_Police Department, we offer our prayers and condolences to the Pontoon Beach Police Department, family, and loved ones of Officer Tyler Timmins. Officer Timmins made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and will #NeverBeForgotten.”

 

The @JolietPolice send our condolences to the family, friends & coworkers of Pontoon Beach, IL Police Officer Tyler Timmins. Ofc Timmins was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday while investigating a stolen vehicle. Rest in peace Ofc Timmins.

 

GoFundMe page has been set up as well.  They have reached their initial goal of $10,000 and are moving towards their second funding goal to assist his family. 

On behalf of everyone here at Law Enforcement Today, our thoughts an prayers are with the family of Officer Timmins, both blood and blue. 

Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins, End of Watch; 10/26/2021.

LET will continue to follow this story and will provide updates surrounding the suspect as they become available. 

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