Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

Winchester Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1999

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Ricky Lee Timbrook

Sergeant Ricky Timbrook was shot and killed while chasing a man on foot in the area of East Piccadilly Street and East Lane.

During the pursuit, Sergeant Timbrook chased the man into an alley. The suspect stopped, turned around, and fired one shot which struck Sergeant Timbrook in the forehead. He was transported to a local hospital where he died approximately 30 minutes later.

The suspect was found several hours later hiding in a basement of a home on the block where the shooting occurred. He had been arrested by Sergeant Timbrook in 1997 on a firearms violation and had a deportation hearing scheduled for November 2nd, 1999. In May 2001 the suspect was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed by lethal injection on February 19th, 2009.

Sergeant Timbrook had served with the Winchester Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, who was expectant with their first child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 31

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 29, 1999
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 2009

foot pursuit, illegal alien

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I saw my daughter graduate from the Winchester Police Department Academy on 5/23/2019. She was presented with the Sgt. Timbrook award as the distinguished honor graduate. I was very proud of her but needed to do some research on Sgt. Timbrook. What a fine officer and upstanding human who represented the very best of the thin blue line he was. I know my daughter is an asset to this department and can only hope that Sgt. Timbrook would have been pleased with her selection. I pray for the family and for all fist responders who do a job that in many respects is thankless. Now Sgt. Timbrook will always be in my prayers.

John Kiley
Father to a Winchester Police Officer

May 24, 2019

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