Sergeant Timothy Alan Simenson

Sergeant Timothy Alan Simenson

Crest Hill Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, September 28, 1994

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Timothy Alan Simenson

Sergeant Timothy A. Simenson was shot and killed during a traffic stop of suspects wanted for an armed robbery.

Sergeant Simenson made a traffic stop two blocks from the scene of the robbery at the corner of Burry and Theodore on the northern border of neighboring city, Joliet. The first suspect, the driver, was arrested and turned over to backup officers. As Sergeant Simenson opened the trunk of the car, the second offender jumped out of the trunk and fired a small caliber sawed off rifle, striking Sergeant Simenson in the neck and face. Backup officers returned fire, wounding the assailant.

Both gunmen were found guilty of Sergeant Simenson's murder and sentenced to death. The driver's sentence was commuted to life on appeal. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor, George Ryan, commuted the death sentences of all 167 Illinois death-row inmates, including the death sentence of Sergeant Simenson's murderer, as one of his last acts in office. On March 18, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the conviction of the killer who murdered Sergeant Simenson.

Sergeant Tim Simenson joined the Crest Hill Police Department in 1979; He began his law enforcement career in 1976 as an officer with the Rockdale Police Department.

His wife, two children, parents and two brothers survive Sergeant Simenson.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not availa

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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As we approach Police Officer Memorial Day, May 15, 2020, I once again find myself thinking of you and the old times. I am in my 37th year in this profession. I still talk to new officers about your ability to calm a volatile situation with your soft-spoken demeanor and firmness. The tragic incident that ended your life has changed training in several departments and I'm guessing across the nation. I have not opened the trunk of a vehicle since September of 1994 that I didn't think of you. I use extra caution, position myself differently, and teach each new officer to do the same. Even gone, you are still teaching and mentoring new officers. You were a cop's cop. I am proud to have worked with you and even more proud to have known you. Rest assured that you are not forgotten.

Mark Payne
Indianaolis Airport Police Department

May 14, 2020

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