12/07/2008

Officer Down: Police Officer Timothy Abernethy

Officer Down: Police Officer Timothy Abernethy - [Houston, Texas]

Age: 43

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Officer Tim Abernethy was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect who fled following a traffic stop. Officer Abernethy 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 Officer Abernethy in the head as he ran by.

Officer Abernethy 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 subsequently charged with capital murder.

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

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