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Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

Winchester Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1999

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Reflections for Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

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

Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook will never ever be forgotten. May his soul forever rest in Heaven, and may God forever bless his wife and child.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

November 26, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 25, 2018

Rick and I worked together when I worked for the Winchester PD. He was a good person and Police Officer. I still think about him all of the time. God Bless you brother.

Inv. NYS Medicaid Inspector General's Of
Ex Winchester City Police Officer.

June 8, 2018

Ricky,

It’s almost 4 am and I’m still awake. Those midnight shifts never go away. I was thinking about our times together at WPD. How we would have a great time and still police the city. I remember the night that Holiday and I went to pickup a guy on a warrant. We asked if we could come inside to check the apartment for the subject. We found the guy, stark naked, hiding behind a big chair in the living room. He jumped up and he was so sweaty that we couldn’t get ahold of him. He ran out of the door, down the stairs and right into the front of your car. We laughed and laughed about how you made his privates a hood ornament. Gosh those were good days.

Hey Ricky-it’s been awhile since you left us, but you know what? You never left us and you never will. We will ALWAYS remember you and the mark you made on the City of Winchester Police Dept.

Love you and miss you.

Kay H. Turner #50
WPD 1989-1993

December 27, 2017

Hey Rick,

It seems so long ago, you and I were hanging out at the police academy teaching. How many times did we train on that knife attack which ended up saving me? (I still keep your sweaty knee pad in my training bag lol sheepdog) I still talk about you every time I teach DT and the days after that dreadful night. I don't think a day goes by when I don't think about you and your family, but you know that. I have worn out three bracelets because I promises you will never be forgotten by me and Dee.

I miss you Bro!

Lt. Latroy "Tito" Durrette
Charlottesville Police Department

October 30, 2017

I graduated high school with Ricky. I literally just found out about this How terribly sad. My deepest condolences to his famiily.

Nedia Brewer Keel
friend and high school class mate.

January 2, 2017

My condolences to the family of this brave man.

John Haseltine - Civilian

February 5, 2016

he was one of my family memberonmy moms side

thomas jones
family

December 3, 2015

She questioned whether Kaine, a Roman Catholic who is opposed to the death penalty, would uphold Bell's sentence.

That questioning is truly understandable. I too am Catholic but I feel that sometimes things though possibly distasteful, must be done for the greater good. Many will take me to task for this and offer a litany of 'what if's'. I respect that, but a meaningless lifeform murdered a good man and this lifeform, if ever freed, could do it again. His freedom can now never be regained. Now he's in the same boat as Sgt. Timbrook and in a way, Sgt. Timbrook's family and friends.

It was a relief to see that Bell will never be a threat again.

On this 16th anniversary of your murder, I say what I said on the 7th anniversary, God Bless and Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 30, 2015

I worked for Pretrial services in Winchester when this officer was killed. I had a office behind the booking area of the jail and right next to where his killer had meetings with his team of lawyers. I could hear their conversations but of course I could never repeat them to anyone. He wanted his layers to get him out on bail, he said he had kids to provide for. It made me sick, for obvious reasons. I followed his trial and kept track of his appeals even after I left Virginia. I was glad when he was put to death.

I have since moved back to my home state and retired, but I have never forgotten this officer and the price he paid to serve Winchester. I think of his wife and son every October 29th...... I was at the hospital for the birth of family member the evening officer timbrook's a son was born. I saw the chief of police there, which gave it away. May god bless them always. But I am sure Officer Timbrook is still watching over and helping them, every single day.

Kathleen Withers
Former citizen of Winchester

May 10, 2014

I was 12 years old when Sergeant Timbrook was killed in the line of duty. I remember Sergeant Timbrook taking time out of his personal schedule to help the citizens of Winchester. He would take money out of his own pocket to help the community. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.

Brandon Sampson
Civilian Winchester City Virginia

April 28, 2014

I had worked at the PD with Rick. Rick was a tremendous person in every way. He is missed greatly.

Senior Inv. NYS Medicaid IG.
Prior Winchester Police Officer & Frederick Co. Deputy Sheriff

December 23, 2013

Sgt. Timbrook,
On today, the 13th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Winchester. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

October 30, 2012

It has been 12 years sice you left us. There hasn't been a day gone by that I have not thought about that night. It was such an honor to work with you. You will never be forgotten. RIP Rick

Sgt. Jeff Bowerman
Frederick Co. Va Sheriff's Office. Former WPD Officer

October 29, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

This year your murderer was executed, and I am glad your family didn't have to wait over 20 years to see the jury's verdict carried out. I pray for solace for your family.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 30, 2009

I hope members of the jury, Judge and Governor all rest easy the remainder of their nights knowing they made the right decision. Bittersweet justice has been served. Kelly, you have my highest regards. May you and little Ricky always feel his father's presence in the darkest of times. Rest easy, Ricky, we have the watch from here.

Cop and Cop's Wife
VBPD

February 24, 2009

Justice has been served Brother.

Former Police Officer
DHPD

February 20, 2009

We will NEVER forget. Rest easy bro.

Trooper
Virginia State Police

February 20, 2009

May God Bless you Sgt. Timbrook, your family, your child and all of those in your family. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice - I bet you are smiling today.

Anonymous

February 20, 2009

Rest easy now Sarge...rest easy. To your family, friends and co-workers...I hope you can find some amount of peace in your life. Please know your loved one is never forgotten and the rest of us fight on in his honor.

Officer
Phoenix AZ

February 20, 2009

Rest in peace. Justice has been served.



Virginia Inmate Forcibly Carried to Death Chamber
Friday, February 20, 2009


Print JARRATT, Va. — An inmate declared his innocence Thursday after he was forcibly carried into Virginia's death chamber, where he was executed for gunning down a police officer.

Edward Nathaniel Bell, who was convicted of killing the officer during a foot chase a decade ago, was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center.

When the door between Bell's cell and the death chamber opened, the inmate thrust his hips backward and wouldn't step toward to the gurney where the lethal injection was administered. Six stocky corrections officers pulled him through the doorway and lifted him onto the gurney.

"To the Timbrook family, you definitely have the wrong person," Bell said in the death chamber, addressing the victim's family. "The truth will come out one day. This here, killing me, there's no justice about it."

Bell's lawyer, who also witnessed the execution, said a sedative the inmate was given made it difficult for him to walk.

"Eddie's case is an example of how the system does not catch and correct errors," said attorney James G. Connell III.

Bell, 43, was condemned for shooting Winchester police Sgt. Ricky Timbrook as the officer chased him down a dark alley on Oct. 29, 1999. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine denied Bell's request for clemency earlier Thursday.

At least 10 current and former Winchester police officers witnessed the execution, including Winchester Sheriff Lenny Millholland.

"I can't say it's closure but it's another chapter in the life of Ricky Timbrook and it ends the chapter that included Eddy Bell," said the sheriff, who was on the police force in 1999 and investigated Timbrook's death.

Bell maintained that he did not shoot Timbrook, a 32-year-old popular police officer, SWAT Team Member and DARE instructor. Prosecutors, however, say Bell was a flashy drug dealer who held a grudge against Timbrook for arresting him two years earlier for possessing a concealed weapon.

Bell initially was scheduled to be executed last year, but Kaine pushed that back while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a Kentucky case challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections. The court upheld the method in April.

The following month, the court granted Bell a temporary reprieve to consider whether his lawyer did a poor job representing him. It later dismissed his appeal.

Bell, a father of five, met with four of his children, his sister and two women with whom he had children, his lawyer said. Connell said his client didn't request a last meal because "he remained hopeful 'til the end" for a pardon and instead ate a cheese sandwich, which was what the rest of the inmates had.

Since Timbrook's death, the city has since named a park, a public safety building, a children's outreach fund and a food-and-toy drive in honor of him.

His wife, Kelly, was pregnant with their only child, Ricky Lee Timbrook II, now 9, when Timbrook was shot.

Kelly Timbrook has been reluctant to talk to the media, but she wrote letters and appeared in a television ad for Kaine's opponent in the 2005 governor's race. She questioned whether Kaine, a Roman Catholic who is opposed to the death penalty, would uphold Bell's sentence.

Before Thursday, Kaine had allowed eight executions and commuted one sentence since he took office in 2006.

A half-dozen protesters gathered outside the prison during the execution.

"One of the scariest parts of the death penalty is that it's hard to ever be certain. And ending someone's life takes away any opportunity to correct any wrongful conviction," said Beth Panilaitis, executive director for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Bell was the 103rd Virginia inmate executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Virginia ranks second only to Texas in the number of executions since then.

Anonymous

February 20, 2009

To the Jury of Winchester, The Judge, and the Governer, Thank You!! To the Timbrook family, we pray that this will bring some closure. And thank you Ricky for your sacrifice,which will never be forgotten..

Anonymous

February 20, 2009

God bless the family at this time.

Chief Curtman
Bloomfield, MO Police Department

February 20, 2009

May your family now have peace that justice has been done R.I.P. we all miss you Ricky

Anonymous

February 19, 2009

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