Officers down: Two cops shot within hours of each other both dead – killer still on the run

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Henry and Jackson Counties, GA – The worst has happened in two Georgia law enforcement communities in the Atlanta area.

First, in a story we have been following closely at Law Enforcement Today, Officer Paramhans Desai of the Henry County Police Department passed away at approximately 9:55 pm on Monday. He was shot in the line of duty responding to a domestic disturbance call. 

In a statement released on Facebook Monday night, the HCPD said:

“It is with a saddened and heavy heart that the Henry County Law Enforcement Family along with Henry County Government announce the passing of Police Officer Paramhans Desai. Officer Desai succumbed to his injuries with his family by his side today at approximately 9:55 p.m.

Officer Desai is survived by his wife and two young children. Officer Desai continues to serve, even in his passing, by donating multiple organs which will save numerous lives.

Please continue to keep Officer Desai’s family in your thoughts and prayers through this terrible tragedy. Funeral arrangements will be released at a later date.” 

Sadly, Officer Desai was not the only member of Georgia law enforcement to die on Monday. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Lena Marshall died from the wounds she received when she was shot last Friday responding to a domestic disturbance call. 

Sheriff Janis Mangum issued the following statement: 

“As Sheriff, and on behalf of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, it is with a heavy heart that I advise you all that we lost Deputy Lena Marshall around 3:50 pm today. Once arrangments [sic] have been made, we will provide that information. Please respect the privacy of Deputy Marshall’s family at this difficult time.”

Unlike the man who is presumed to have killed Officer Desai and is still being sought, the woman who killed Deputy Marshall is no longer with us. 

Investigators said deputies met 43-year-old Hoschton resident, Jessica Worsham, at the location of the call before she allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at deputies. 

“As contact was made at the front door, the suspect fired at the deputies, striking Deputy Marshall,” Mangum said in a social media post. “The second deputy returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.”

Marshall leaves behind 3 children. 

These two tragic incidents happened roughly 60 miles and less than 24 hours apart. Both of these heroes died within 6 hours of each other. 

We have now lost 140 members of law enforcement this year to non-COVID related deaths.

The shooting deaths of Desai and Marshall bring the total of number of officers shot to death in the line of duty in 2021 to 55.

They join Senior Patrolman Sherman Benys, Jr. of the Kingsville, TX police department as the 3 officers lost to gunfire so far in November.  

Officer Benys was shot on Monday, November 1st, as he and other officers responded to a call. An investigation is still being conducted, but police have a 40-year-old man in custody in connection with the murder.  

Texas governor Greg Abbott authorized flags to be flown at half staff until the end of the day when Benys is laid to rest. His services are scheduled for 11 a.m. CST on November 9th. 

Law Enforcement Today will continue to provide updates on the manhunt for Officer Desai’s killer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all these officers, the departments and communities they served and the entire law enforcement community.

 Continue reading to find the details of the incident involving Officer Desai.

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MCDONOUGH, GA – The “blue-alert” search is still underway for 22-year-old Jordan Jackson, the Georgia man suspected of shooting an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call.

There is now a $30,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the apprehension of Jackson, whom police believe to be armed and dangerous.

The reward is comprised of $10,000 from the the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, $10,000 from the U.S. Marshals Office, $5,000 from Crime Stoppers Atlanta, and $5,000 from retired-NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.

The responding officer is recovering in the hospital. He is in critical but stable condition. He has been identified as Officer Parahmans Desai, 38.

He has been in law enforcement for 17 years, serving most of those with the Georgia Department of Corrections. He has only been with Henry County since 2020. He is married and has two young children. 

Officers down: Two cops shot within hours of each other both dead - killer still on the run
Photo courtesy of Henry County Police Department

Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett had this to say during a Friday press conference: 

“Let me be crystal clear, we certainly will not tolerate any individual, regardless of who you are, coming to what we consider to be God’s country of Henry County and harming any of our police officers in any kind of way.

So, Mr. Jackson, whatever hole you’re in, I assure you we’re coming to find you. We will place you in custody and we will bring you to justice.” 

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Please continue to pray for the recovery of Officer Desai, for his family and the men and women who continue the search to bring Jackson into custody. 

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.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here. 

Continue reading for our initial coverage of the shooting of the officer.

Breaking news: Manhunt underway for would-be cop-killer who opened fire, shot officer

George law enforcement agencies are seeking 22-year-old Jordan Jackson, who is alleged to have fled the scene of a domestic disturbance call that left one officer in an Atlanta-area hospital where they were being treated for a gunshot wound.

Jackson is being sought on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer. 

While the Henry County Police Department has released very few details, here is what we know so far. 

“On 11/04/2021 around 1800 hours, Jordan Jackson DOB 06/12/1999 Black Male, 5’8”, 165lbs committed the offense of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. Jackson fled the scene in a 2016 Honda Civic white in color bearing the GA license plate RXF0384 (pictured above.)

Any information on the whereabouts of Jordan Jackson, please call Det. Hansrote at 470-454-7623 or the Henry County Non-Emergency Dispatch at 770-957-9121,” the HCPD wrote on their Facebook page.

The department updated their BOLO regarding a Dodge Ram pickup that the suspect was believe to possibly be a passenger in, saying that it had been found. It is not known if Jackson is still using the Honda Civic, or if he has switched to another vehicle, or is on foot.  

While the current condition of the officer is not known, local reports say that their injuries were severe enough that they were diverted to the trauma center at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

Witnesses at the scene told Atlanta’s Fox 5

“All of us, all a sudden heard two gunshots. I looked straight-forward and that’s when I saw the officer’s hand go over his chest. He fell straight back on the driveway, I turned around, told my son to run, we all three ran, hid in a neighbor’s garage,” one witness said.

“Once we heard two gunshots go off, we knew there was a serious issue,” followed the second.

LET will continue to follow developing story and will provide updates as they become available. In the meantime, we will be praying for the speedy and safe apprehension of this suspect as well as the condition of the injured officer.

We do not want to see another end of watch announcement. 

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.

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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