Man shot dead on Tacoma sidewalk is identified as high school athletics volunteer

A man fatally shot in South Tacoma early Saturday has been identified as 45-year-old James Ronnie Timmons.

Police have released few details about the shooting, which took place about 2:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of South 66th Street.

Witnesses heard gunshots and called 911.

Officers arrived and found Timmons lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Detectives have not said whether it was a drive-by shooting or if Timmons argued with somebody leading up the shooting.

Timmons volunteered with Mount Tahoma High School athletics and was known to wander the city at odd hours playing Pokemon, according to KOMO.

“He didn't deserve this,” Rhonda Stinson, a volleyball coach at Mount Tahoma, told KOMO. “It doesn't matter what the circumstances are, he just did not deserve this. He was kind. He would give you the last quarter in his pocket.”

Timmons managed the concession stand at the high school’s sports games and was a member of the booster club.

The investigation is ongoing.

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