|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1957|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1994|
Officer Tim Jones had the day off on the morning of August 26, 1994, when his fellow officer Officer Ron Ryan Jr. responded to what appeared to be a routine "slumper" call. A complaint had been received about a man sleeping in a car in a church parking lot on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Officer Ryan approached the vehicle and woke the sleeper, who then identified himself as Guy Harvey Baker. As Officer Ryan was returning to his patrol car to check the suspect's identification, Baker shot him from behind with a gun he had hidden underneath his coat. The suspect, who had a warrant for his arrest, then took Officer Ryan's service weapon and shot him several more times. Officer Ryan was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. The suspect fled the scene, triggering a massive manhunt as he was pursued by St. Paul police officers with their highly trained K-9 dogs. Among them was Officer Jones, who had volunteered to help search for Baker with his K-9 partner, Laser, on his day off. Baker was hiding in an ice fishing shack and Laser picked up his scent. When Officer Jones and Laser approached the shack, Baker shot and killed Officer Jones. Baker left the fish house and as he stood over Officer Jones, he was attacked by Laser. He shot Laser four times and then took Officer Jones' service weapon. As he started to leave the area, Baker observed that Laser was still trying to crawl after him. Baker doubled back on his direction and hid the Officers' service weapons under the porch of a house. He hid underneath a pile of lumber and rubbish next to a porch two houses away, where he was apprehended.
The deaths of Officers Ryan and Jones and his partner Laser shook the community and the state. Lines surrounded the funeral homes during the wakes and both had to be extended by hours. Up to 1,500 squad cars participated in the funeral processions; in both cases, squads had not yet left the church when the lead cars were being parked at the cemetery. Children and families lined the routes with flags, buntings, and signs saying "We love you." For three days the community simply stopped as they mourned their loss.
Officer Timothy James Jones' tour of duty was 16 years. He was 36 years of age when he came to the end of his watch. He had joined the St. Paul Police Department on March 13, 1978. He had dedicated his life to law enforcement, especially the St. Paul department's canine program. He and his partner Laser had become nationally renowned for their law enforcement efforts. They were inseparable. He spent hour after hour, virtually all of his free time, working with Laser and other officers in the canine program.
He was survived by his wife and two children. His faithful K-9 partners Laser and Ninja were cremated and their ashes were buried with him.
Guy Harvey Baker, a Gulf War veteran and drifter, pled guilty to the murders of Officers Ryan and Jones. He is serving out his sentence of two terms of life imprisonment without parole.
In November 1997, the St. Paul police canine unit dedicated its training facility to Officer Tim Jones and Laser. The facility is located at 1900 Rice Street in Maplewood. (bio by: D. Weiss and Cindy K. Coffin)
TIM, LASER, AND RON, YOU'RE HEROES ALL OVER THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. WE MISS YOU GUYS AND WE THANK YOU, YOUR FELLOW OFFICERS, AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY!
Plot: Block 50 South, Lot 262
Created by: Dave Weiss
Record added: Apr 08, 2008
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