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Illinois policeman shot dead near St. Louis


PONTOON BEACH, Illinois (AP) – A police officer was shot and killed by a man at a gas station in suburban Illinois in St. Louis on Tuesday, authorities said.

Pontoon Beach officer Tyler Timmins, 36, died after being taken to hospital, said Jayme Buford, the Illinois state police officer.

The officer was shot at around 8 a.m. at a Speedway gas station along Highway 111 and rushed to a nearby Granite City hospital before being transferred to a St. Louis hospital specializing in the most critical cases, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. .

Buford said Timmins approached a car in the gas station parking lot because he suspected it had been stolen and a man started shooting him. The suspect was taken into custody.

The vehicle that apparently aroused the officer’s interest was a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with Missouri license plates.

Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting.

Bufford did not immediately release additional information, saying “the investigation is in its infancy.”

Timmins joined the Pontoon Beach Police Force in April 2020, State Police Master Sgt. said Elbert Jennings. He was a police officer in Madison County for 14 years and had previously been a police officer in Roxana, Wordon and Hartford.

Edwardsville Police Chief Michael Fillback said officers from across the area are patrolling Pontoon Beach because officers in that town were so shaken up by the shooting.

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This story has been updated to correct that Michael Fillback is the Edwardsville Police Chief and the slain officer’s last name is spelled Timmins, not Timmons.

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