Young officer murdered – on his birthday – by a criminal who was wanted for violating his probation

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BIG STONE GAP, VA – Police are confirming reports that an officer with the Big Stone Gap Police Department was shot and killed on November 13th, his birthday, while conducting a welfare check.

The alleged criminal who committed the murder has been taken into custody.

Police report that the Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler was on duty in the early morning hours of the 13th when he stopped and spoke to someone who asked him to check on someone’s well-being.

Chandler was happy to oblige and went to the address in question to check on the unidentified person in what is being described as an abandoned residence.

At some point, after Officer Chandler arrived on the scene, he was shot and gravely wounded.

After the shooting occurred, a deputy with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office stopped by to check on Officer Chandler and found him unconscious lying in a ditch.

Officer Chandler was rushed to a nearby hospital, Norton Community, and then flown to Johnson City Medical Center where he fought for his life on what should have been a celebration for him since it was his 29th birthday.

Officer Chandler sadly succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

As soon as Officer Chandler’s body was located, an intense manhunt was launched for the suspect involved in shooting and killing him. While police have not shared many details on who they determined the shooter to be, they have announced that he was taken into custody after being found hiding in Tennessee.

Virginia State Police reported that the suspect in the case was located in a motel in Tennessee. Officers and the SWAT team from the Kingsport Police Department in Tennessee closed in and arrested the 33-year-old Big Stone Gap man without incident.

Big Stone Gap Police Chief Stephen Hamm released a statement regarding the death of one of his officers. He said:

“His [Chandler’s] battle to survive today was truly miraculous. But, he succumbed to his injuries around 7:00 p.m. this evening at the hospital with his family at his side…Please keep his family in your prayers tonight, as this should have been a day to celebrate his 29th birthday – not a day to mourn his passing.”

Officer Chandler was someone who valued public service.  He was not only a police officer in Big Stone Gap, but he was also a volunteer firefighter for the Big Stone Gap Fire Department.

The Fire Department is also reeling from Officer Chandler’s loss and said on Facebook:

“Everyone remembers Michael’s family in your prayers! We have lost our brother tonight!! Heaven gained another Guardian Angel to help fight the evil of this old world! Rest In Peace 5508 we have the watch from here!”

Outgoing Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also commented on Officer Chandler’s passing. He said:

“Mike was a dedicated public servant, a devoted husband, and father, and a trusted member of the Big Stone Gap community. Like law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth, he put his life on the line every day in service to his fellow Virginians. And at only 29 years old, he made the ultimate sacrifice.

Please join me in sending prayers to his family, fellow officers, and all who loved him. I’m ordering Virginia flags be lowered on the day of his interment, in honor of Michael Chandler’s memory and sacrifice.”

At this time, there have been no formal plans released as to when Officer Chandler’s funeral will be. The Big Stone Gap Police Department and the funeral home will announce that information once a date has been set.  

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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.

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