A Pontoon Beach, IL, police officer was shot and killed Tuesday morning .
Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, was investigating a possible stolen car at about 8 a.m. at the Speedway gas station along Illinois Route 111 near Interstate 270. While investigating the car, a man started shooting at him, Illinois State Police said, leaving him with life-threatening injuries at the scene. The suspect was taken into custody.
A fellow officer rushed Timmins to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, KSDK reports. 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 after the shooting, Timmins died from his injuries, police confirmed.
Officer Timmins had been an officer in Madison County for 14 years, serving in police departments in Roxana, Worden and Hartford. He joined the Pontoon Beach Police Department in April 2020.