|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1965|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 2008|
Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said the officer was an 11-year veteran. The officer stopped a man on a routine traffic stop and the man jumped out and ran into a nearby apartment complex, the Luxor Apartments, Hurtt said. When the officer pursued, the man turned around shot him several times, said Hurtt. The fire department took the officer to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police apprehended "a person of interest"' near Green's Road and Veteran's Memorial. He had gotten back into the same car in which he had been stopped. Hurtt said officials are not releasing the officer's name yet because his son has not been reached. Other officers said the son was in the Navy and deployed out of the country.
"Too many times I've had to go notify a family of something like this,'' said Hurtt. ``It doesn't get any easier.''
The officer was working an off-duty crime initiative program targeted at that area. He was alone is his patrol car. Joslyn Johnson, widow of slain officer Rodney Johnson, had also arrived. She said she was going in to offer any kind of help she could to the officer's family.
"Every time it happens, it's just like it's happening to you again," said Johnson, whose husband was shot in 2006. She is also a police officer.
She said the shooting points out the need for Houston police officers to have two-person units. Crime scenes usually end up with two officers and two units, she said.
"Why can't they both be in the same car?'' she asked.
White defended having one person in a patrol car as a way to increase police presence. He said that "in this case, there's not any evidence that having two officers (in the car) rather than one would have made a difference.''
Earlier this year, Blankinship chose Abernethy to sit on the union's finance committee because of his character and credentials. The fifth of seven children, the officer grew up in Whidbey Island, Wash. His family returned frequently to visit his parents.
"He loved that island," his wife said.
The couple met in Pensacola, Fla., where they both served in the Navy. Family members described Abernethy as a caring, Christian man who was always willing to help.
Along with a commitment to his career, Timothy Abernethy was a devoted husband of Stephanie, and father of two children — a 21-year-old daughter, Olivia, who just graduated from Texas A&M University, and a 20-year-old son, Tim, who is stationed in Italy with the U.S. Navy.
"My father was a great man, and now he is an angel," his son, Tim Abernethy Jr., wrote in a message from his Navy post. "I only hope that people understand what sacrifices are made when you have a family member who works a job where they risk their lives every day."
Tim was a decorated officer with Houston Police Department serving with distinction and honor. He was highly respected by his peers and will be greatly missed by those with whom he served. His family was blessed to have had him in their lives and know he is in heaven with his younger brother, Christopher Jon Abernethy, that preceded him in death. Survivors include his loving wife, Stephanie; son, Timothy Scott Abernethy, Jr.; daughter, Olivia Ann Abernethy; parents, Charles and Margaret Abernethy; sister, Evelyn Campbell and husband Doug, Margaret Ann Salazar and Pete; brothers, Brian Abernethy, David Abernethy and Ganjana, Phillip Abernethy and Carrie. Extended family includes an uncle and aunt, Rev. David and Mary Jo Bersagel; John and Ollie Stevens with their daughters, Theresa Dirker and husband Gary, Sherry Turnbow and Steve, and Amy Snow and Danny.
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Created by: GW
Record added: Dec 07, 2008
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