Senior Police Officer
Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: December 20, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Colonel K. L. Wright
Chesapeake Police Department
304 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: (757) 382-6161
Senior Police Officer Tim Schock died during a training dive in the lake at Oak Grove Lake Park.
He and other members of the Chesapeake Police Department’s dive team were conducting the dive when he experienced trouble breathing. His dive partner attempted to give him his own respirator as they surfaced, but Officer Schock submerged again. Other officers on scene immediately retrieved him and started CPR on shore. He was transported to Chesapeake General Hospital where he passed away.
Officer Schock was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and active member of Law Enforcement United. He is survived by one child, fiancee, and parents.
CHESAPEAKE — A police officer has died after a training exercise at Oak Grove Lake Park.
The police dive team was training when Timothy Schock went into distress at 11:46 a.m. on Tuesday. He began to experience difficulty underwater, according to the police department.
Every effort was made by Under Water Search and Rescue team members and the Chesapeake Fire Department to revive officer Schock, said police spokesperson Kelly O’Sullivan.
The exact cause of death is not known at this time. Schock was a 16-year veteran of the police department and member of the dive team for about eight years.
He was taken to nearby Chesapeake Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Schock is survived by a teenage son.
Grief counselors are helping fellow officers cope with this tragedy.
The police department sent a release stating, "The thoughts and prayers of Officer Schock’s brothers and sisters in the Chesapeake Police Department go out to his family, friends and those he knew within the entire community."
A member of the police department dive team died during a training exercise at Oak Grove Lake Park on Tuesday.
Officer Timothy Schock was taking part in underwater search and rescue training around 11:45 a.m. when he had difficulty breathing, according to a statement from police chief Kelvin Wright.
When Schock surfaced, he told his team partner – who was with him during the training – that he couldn’t breath, Wright wrote.
Schock’s partner immediately tried to give him his own respirator, “but under the stress and duress of the situation, Officer Schock pushed away the apparatus and went back under water,” Wright wrote.
When divers on shore found out about the situation, they got into the water to try to get Shock back to the surface and on land, where they performed CPR, according to Wright. Later, emergency crews from the fire department continued lifesaving efforts.
The officer was transported to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Wright said the circumstances of Schock’s death are still under investigation.
Schock is the third Chesapeake police officer to die in the line of duty in the last six years. In 2005, Officer Michael Saffran was fatally shot while responding to a bank robbery. Three years later, Det. Jarrod Shivers was killed during an attempt to serve a search warrant.