Tyler remembered for his dedication

Tyler remembered for his dedication


Randy Tyler was a retired career law enforcement officer and signed on part-time with Madison PD seven years ago because he still had a desire to serve his community. 

Tyler was simply responding to a call last week and now he’s dead, yet friends and former colleagues are lauding his dedication to public safety and professionalism as they mourn his loss.

A private family services is scheduled Friday in Madison.

Reaction poured in from all over with Gov. Tate Reeves saying, “He is a hero and our state will never forget him.”

On June 1, at about 7 a.m., the Madison Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) responded to Brandon to assist other law enforcement agencies with a barricaded subject at a residence in the Crossgates subdivision, Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrop said.

Waldrop’s account goes on to say that during a subsequent SWAT operation that morning at the residence, Tyler was fatally wounded by the suspect.  

“May God bless his precious family and the men and women of the Madison Police Department,” Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said in a statement. “We covet your prayers.”

In addition to being a valued member of the Special Response Team, Tyler was MPD’s Field Training Coordinator, responsible for overseeing the training and career development of newly hired police officers. He was also a supervisor in the department’s Narcotics Division. 

The 22-year-old man who shot Tyler was killed by police.  He has been identified as Gabriel Matthew Wilson of Pearl. Wilson was fatally injured by law enforcement on scene who were returning fire after Wilson shot Tyler.

The incident is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Waldrop said.

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