Police Officer Timothy Scott Abernethy

Police Officer Timothy Scott Abernethy

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 7, 2008

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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, our dear fellow Class 170 classmate and brother in blue, this day marks another year in which you were taken from your love ones and us. You served our country and our community well and heroically. Be at peace and know that you have left a legacy to be carried on by those that have come after you. You live on in the memories of all that knew you or had the great opportunity to work with you.

Mr. and Mrs. Maki

December 7, 2020

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