Georgia Sheriff’s deputy – a single mother – murdered. She died on the anniversary of her son’s death.

Georgia Sheriff’s deputy – a single mother – murdered. She
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HOSCHTON, GA – A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy becomes the second law enforcement officer in the span of a couple of weeks to die while handling a domestic dispute.

The deputy, Lena Marshall, had responded to a domestic dispute on November 5th after receiving a 911 call from a homeowner who wanted someone removed from the property.

What seemed like a routine call turned tragic after Marshall arrived on the scene.

As Marshall and another deputy attempted to make contact with the parties inside a residence at 6416 GA Hwy 124 in Hoschton, they made spoke with a woman, later identified as Jessica Worsham, who answered the door.

During the encounter, the Worsham armed herself with a firearm and challenged Marshall and the other deputy.

Both deputies pulled their firearms and ordered Worsham to drop the firearm numerous times before she opened fire on the deputies. Marshall was struck by the gunfire and went down while the other deputy returned fire, striking and killing Worsham.

Medics responded to the scene and transported Marshall to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Sadly, Marshall succumbed to the injuries she received and died on November 8th

Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum issued a post on Facebook which read:

“As Sheriff, and on behalf of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, it is with a heavy heart that I advise you all that we lost Deputy Lena Marshall around 3:50 pm today. Once arrangements have been made, we will provide that information. Please respect the privacy of Deputy Marshall’s family at this difficult time.”

Sheriff Janis Mangum described her as a loving mother who leaves behind three children… and the day of her passing was a significant one.

“Lena lost a child 18 years ago, on the same day she passed,” Mangum said. “She has two daughters and she has a son and then she had Austin. I feel for her children. I just can’t imagine.”

As of now, police have not released much information as to what could have sparked Worsham to be in that altercation or why she decided to fire on officers. However, according to news reports, Worsham had been reported missing in September.

On September 14th, Worsham had been reported missing from the Barrow County, Georgia area. Deputies advised at the time of her disappearance, she was with her two children and driving a white Chevrolet Malibu. There have been no reports thus far that explain why Worsham was considered missing or where her children may be located.

A GoFundMe page has been created to go towards financially to support Marshall’s kids during this difficult time. The creator of the post, Shelby Elizabeth, posted this message before Marshall had passed away:

“Friday night, Kiley’s mom, a Jackson Co Sheriffs Deputy, was shot in the line of duty and is in critical condition. She is currently in the ICU and fighting for her life. This page is created to help Kiley and her family not have to focus on financials during this horrific time…We appreciate and welcome everything for the family including donations, gift cards, prayers, and thoughts.”

As of now, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $69,000 to go towards Marshall’s family and funeral expenses.

This is the second law enforcement officer to be killed in Georgia following a domestic dispute investigation this month. On November 4th, Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai responded to a domestic dispute involving Jordan Jackson and his girlfriend.

Like Marshall, Desai was transported to the hospital where he valiantly fought to live, however, sadly, succumbed to his injuries a few days after he had been shot.

The suspect, in that case, Jackson, reportedly killed himself as police moved in to arrest him for murdering Desai.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working on both cases involving the murders of these two police officers. They report this is the 83rd such investigation they have worked this year.

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Officer down: Illinois officer – a young dad – shot to death while investigating report of stolen car

Pontoon Beach, IL – A 14-year law enforcement veteran was shot to death while investigating a possible stolen car at a gas station. The Illinois State Police confirmed the tragic news surrounding Officer Tyler Timmins of the Pontoon Beach Police Department. He had only been with the department for 18 months.

According to reports, Timmins was checking into a car that was potentially stolen around 8 am at a Speedway gas station. A man opened fire on him, striking him at least once and leaving him him with life-threatening injuries. 

As reported by KSDK: 

“A fellow officer rushed Timmins to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. From there, he was airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital in south St. Louis. Police department vehicles from several local agencies were seen parked outside the emergency departments at SLU and Gateway Regional Medical Center.”

Several hours later, Timmins succumbed to his wounds.

The alleged shooter was taken into custody. Details surrounding the suspect have not been disclosed at this time. He was sitting inside the vehicle Timmins was checking when he began shooting. A second person was also taken into custody at the scene.

A witness, who heard the shots but did not see what happened, assisted officers with getting Timmins into a squad car. 

“I grabbed him by the belt and got in the police car and started pulling him in the back seat so I could help them get him in the car,” Russell Morrow told local reporters. 

Timmins was 36-years old and leaves behind a wife and a daughter. 

The BackStoppers have stepped in to assist the family.  

“Our hearts are heavy today as we are faced with the loss of Officer Tyler Timmins. He was a hero who dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community. Officer Timmins will be honored and remembered and we will be there for his family for the long road ahead,” Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director, said in a statement on their website. 

Departments from around the country have posted their tributes on social media. 

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, & co-workers of Police Officer Tyler Timmins of the Pontoon Beach Police Department, who was shot & killed while investigating a stolen vehicle. He has served his community for 15 years. #FidelisAdMortem” -NYPD

Fidelis Ad Mortem is a Latin phrase meaning faithful unto death, and is the motto of the NYPD. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said: 

“On behalf of myself and the @Chicago_Police Department, we offer our prayers and condolences to the Pontoon Beach Police Department, family, and loved ones of Officer Tyler Timmins. Officer Timmins made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and will #NeverBeForgotten.”

The @JolietPolice send our condolences to the family, friends & coworkers of Pontoon Beach, IL Police Officer Tyler Timmins. Ofc Timmins was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday while investigating a stolen vehicle. Rest in peace Ofc Timmins.

GoFundMe page has been set up as well.  They have reached their initial goal of $10,000 and are moving towards their second funding goal to assist his family. 

On behalf of everyone here at Law Enforcement Today, our thoughts an prayers are with the family of Officer Timmins, both blood and blue. 

Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins, End of Watch; 10/26/2021.

LET will continue to follow this story and will provide updates surrounding the suspect as they become available. 

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