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