Police Officer Timothy Scott Abernethy

Police Officer Timothy Scott Abernethy

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 7, 2008

Timothy Scott Abernethy

Officer Tim Abernethy was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect who fled following a traffic stop.

Officer Abernethy had lost sight of the man as he chased him around a building in an apartment complex. After going around the corner the man hid behind a gate and then shot the officer twice in the torso and then walked around the officer and shot him in the head.

The officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect was arrested a short time later by deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Department. He was found guilty of the murder on April 6, 2010 and was sentenced to death.

Officer Abernethy had served with the Houston Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 615

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Tim touched many many lives and his death broke the hearts of everyone who knew him. He left a void and wound that will never heal or be forgotten.

Sgt. J Parker - retired
Houston PD

December 7, 2016

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