CLEVELAND, OH – Several suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a man and stealing his vehicle on New Year’s Eve.
The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland. He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.
The suspect shot him as she attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle.
The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Cleveland Police Officer Killed in Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle Incident https://t.co/FLjejtUdCs
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) January 1, 2022
The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond.
Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody.
A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.
The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.
According to a release from CPD:
“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.
The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.
Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.
Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.
This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.
Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019.
“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.
Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.
“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”
An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.
This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community.
Sadly, being off duty does not remove the threats that officers face.
Off-duty officer shot after stumbling upon and trying to stop a commercial burglary
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.
Police continue to search for the people who shot and wounded an off-duty Federal Way police officer Sunday during an attempted break-in at a Puyallup business. https://t.co/WbsM98vygs
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) November 3, 2021
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.
The manhunt continues for (2) gunmen — after off-duty Federal Way police officer shot in Puyallup after attempting to stop alleged burglary. Investigators looking for silver or white Chevy pickup… https://t.co/hqZTX3hp5R#KOMONews pic.twitter.com/PbXchm9uI2
— Ryan Yamamoto (@RyanKPIX) November 1, 2021
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.”
Four (4) shooting victims in less than a week AND a police officer ambushed and shot at! And yet, you think any of the council members will finally speak tonight to the crime & violence spiraling out of control in Federal Way?https://t.co/eZ7iW4Uvta
— Stand Up Federal Way (@fedupFW) September 7, 2021
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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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.
A 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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