Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Death of Illinois Officer

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Death of Illinois Officer

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a police officer at a gas station last year.

Scott Hyden of Highland entered the plea in a Madison County court Wednesday in the slaying of Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmons at a gas station.

The 36-year-old Timmins was a 14-year law enforcement veteran investigating what he suspected was a stolen vehicle at a gas station off Interstate 270 shortly before 8 a.m. on Oct. 26.

Illinois State Police said Hyden shot Timmins in the face and neck. Pontoon Beach is a suburb northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.

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