Police Officer David Alexander Tinsley

Police Officer David Alexander Tinsley

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2018

David Alexander Tinsley

Police Officer David Tinsley suffered a fatal heart attack while searching for a suspect following a vehicle pursuit and foot pursuit of a suspect in a stolen car.

The man drove onto a the Rivergreenway footpath along the St. Mary's River in the area of Candlelite Court where he crashed and fled on foot. Officer Tinsley assisted with a canine track of the suspect until the man was taken into custody. He was returning to his patrol car where he suddenly collapsed.

Other officers began CPR and he was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Officer Tinsley had served with the Fort Wayne Police Department for 16 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Monday, September 10, 2018

k9 track, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police Steve Reed
Fort Wayne Police Department
1 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Phone: (260) 427-1230

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Rest in peace Brother...My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the FWPD during this most difficult and tragic time....

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

September 21, 2018

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