Mike T. Brunson
Master Police Officer Mike Brunson was killed September 11, 2016, when he crashed his pick-up truck while driving on Highway 50, near his home in Capon Bridge, W.Va.
Brunson, 48, was a 21 year veteran of the Department and was well known and respected in the community. His unexpected death has made an impact on fellow law enforcement officers and community members he served. Brunson is remembered by his colleagues for providing insightful advice and a calm demeanor during tense situations.
He had an accomplished career at the Winchester Police Department:
- On February 10, 1995, Officer Brunson was sworn at the Winchester Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as a law enforcement officer, to serve and protect the community.
- On June 23, 1995, Officer Brunson graduated from Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy.
- On September 5, 2006, Brunson was promoted to Master Police Officer.
- Officer Brunson was a founding member of the Community Policing Unit, a member of the SWAT Team, Firearms Instructor/Armorer, Field Training Officer, and a counselor with the annual Kids & Cops camp.
- Officer Brunson was the recipient of many letters of commendation and several honors, including a Meritorious Action Award in 2014 for entering a burning home to search for a 2-year-old boy.
Ricky L. Timbrook
On October 29, 1999, Winchester Police Sergeant Ricky L. Timbrook was fatally wounded while in foot pursuit with Edward Nathaniel Bell. During the pursuit, Bell turned around and fired one shot from a .38 caliber handgun striking Sergeant Timbrook in the forehead killing him instantly.
Bell was charged with Capital Murder for Sergeant Timbrook’s death. On January 25, 2001, Bell was found guilty after a seven day trial. He was ultimately sentenced to death. On February 19, 2009, Bell was executed by lethal injection at the Greenville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.
Sergeant Timbrook was 32 years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Kelly Wisecarver-Timbrook, son Ricky Lee Timbrook II, father Richard Timbrook, mother Kitty Timbrook, and sister Kimberly Hudson. Sergeant Timbrook was an exemplary officer who had recently been promoted to supervise the newly formed Special Enforcement Team. During his eight year career, he served as a DARE Officer, a Field Training Officer, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a SWAT member. He received numerous commendations, awards and recognition for his law enforcement service.
Not only was Sergeant Timbrook a role model to his fellow officers and members of the community, his legacy continues to impact officers today. The Ricky L. Timbrook Top Performance Achievement Award was developed in Sergeant Timbrook’s honor at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Sergeant Timbrook’s family continues to carry on his passion for giving back to the community through the Timbrook Children’s Outreach Fund and Timbrook Food Drive.
In November 2002, the Timbrook Public Safety Center, which houses both the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department and Winchester Police Department, opened its doors and dedicated the building in Sergeant Timbrook’s honor. Across the street is the area in which Sergeant Timbrook was slain. In May 2003, this area was converted into a beautiful play area and named the Ricky L. Timbrook Park.
Additional Contributions from the public can be made to:
Ricky Timbrook Children’s Outreach Fund
Winchester Police Department
231 E Piccadilly Street, Suite 310
Winchester, VA 22601