Police release video footage of man who they believe shot and killed a special police officer

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WASHINGTON, DC – In September of this year, Special Police Officer Angela Washington was shot and killed.  Now, police in DC have released a video of a man that may be involved in her murder.

Washington, DC Metropolitan Police released the video footage on October 28th, hoping that someone will recognize who the man is, and perhaps, if he is the killer, to bring him to justice. 

The video was taken in the 3300 block of 10th Place Southeast where the officer was shot and killed.

The video shows what appears to be a black male wearing a grey shirt and dark pants running past a group of people on a sidewalk.  The man is holding what appears to be a gun in his right hand.

The original incident occurred on September 21st when Metro police responded to the location around 8:42 pm for a report of gunshots being heard.  When they arrived, they located Washington who had been shot while on duty. 

Sadly, Washington was unable to be revived.

Washington was a member of the Metro Special Police Department which is a private law enforcement agency that provides police and security services in DC.  These officers have the same authority as a regular police agency.

Metro Police Chief Robert Contee reported in September:

“This is unfortunate.  My heart goes out to the family of this Special Police officer.”

While there has not been a lot of information released on the investigation thus far, what we do know is that she was at the location to check on officers who were patrolling in the area. 

Metro police confirm that she was armed and in uniform when the incident occurred but it does not appear she had any opportunity to pull her firearm.

Metro police reported that there was a white Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows they were looking for in possible relation to this officer’s death.  It is unknown if the vehicle was ever located.

Washington’s daughter, Shanya Washington was interviewed by NBC news.  She stated:

“My mother was a hard working woman.  She did anything for her kids.  She did anything for whoever.  Whoever.  She took people in when they was down bad.  I just feel as though whoever did it, if it was their intentions to do it, I just hope they – I can say what I want to say?  I just hope you die and burn in hell.”

Police release video footage of man who they believe shot and killed a special police officer

Washington lived in Suitland, Maryland, and is survived by her four children and two grandchildren.  Her husband, Reginald Washington said:

“She was the best mother.  The best wife on Earth to me.”

When asked about her career path, he said:

“This was her passion.  She just wanted to help make a change.”

Reginald continued by saying that he wants to help bring a stop to the gun violence in the area.  He said:

“Let’s do something about this.  Not because of my wife.  I’m talking about the kids that are dying.  Everybody is dying man.”

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with any information to please contact them at 202 727-9099.  Tipsters can also text anonymously by sending their information to 50411.

DC Metro is offering up to a $25,000 reward for the arrest and successful prosecution for the person or persons involved. 

Recent FBI data shows that the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has steadily increased throughout 2021.  According to the FBI, as of October 14th of this year, 59 officers have been killed in the line of duty as opposed to 37 during the same time frame in 2020.  That makes a 51% increase.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Eric Smith, was interviewed by 19News about the increase in on-duty deaths.  He said:

“It’s devastating.  Every single officer means something…It’s really alarming, and it’s why we want to have this conversation.  It’s about one officer that’s being killed every five days.  That’s just far too high.”

When asked about his thoughts on the increase in violence to the police, he said he believes it’s because people are failing to comply with a police officer’s orders.  His point, obey as you are required to by law and sort out the details later in court.  He added:

“Find another profession where someone pins on a badge and a gun, and their duty is to protect someone that they don’t know.  They are being targeted and killed to do that duty.”

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Officer down: Illinois officer – a young dad – shot to death while

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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