East Chicago Police Officer Timothy Leimbach has a history of brandishing firearms in heated confrontations and a problematic work record at various jobs before becoming a police officer, records show.
But records also show he has received commendations for his police work. He has not faced any criminal charges in connection with any of the gun allegations.
June 14, 2001 -- A Hammond police officer conducting a background check of job-candidate Leimbach writes a letter to then-Police Chief John Cory saying Leimbach received favorable recommendations from some former employers but was dishonest on his application about why he left employment at Prompt Ambulance, Menards and Walgreens. Leimbach was fired from a Hammond Walgreens in January 1997 for allegedly stealing money from his register, passing merchandise to friends and other employees, undercharging people for merchandise and stealing about $635 of merchandise, records show.
He was fired from the Hammond Menards in February 1999 after becoming defiant when a store manager asked him to retrieve shopping carts from the parking lot. Leimbach did not return to work at Prompt Ambulance in April 2000 after being suspended for a week for making inappropriate comments to a patient. He was fired as an emergency room technician at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond in June 2000 for starting an IV on a patient when he was not qualified to perform the procedure, records state.
Dec. 6, 2001 – Leimbach is hired by the Hammond Police Department, despite an earlier recommendation by an officer who investigated his background to use extreme caution in further processing Leimbach as a job candidate.
March 2, 2005 – Leimbach is placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of pointing a gun at a fellow Hammond officer's head during an argument at the Police Department.
June 18, 2005 – Leimbach resigns from the Hammond Police Department.
Jan. 9, 2006 – Leimbach is hired by the East Chicago Police Department.
July 29, 2007 – Leimbach is accused of pointing a gun at several people while off duty at Game Time II Bar & Grill in Whiting. Whiting police responded to the business about 1:40 am. July 29, 2007, for a report of a fight involving a gun. Leimbach and another man were pushing and shoving each other outside the bar when officers arrived. Police detained the man Leimbach was fighting for questioning, but later released him. Officers also secured Leimbach's .40-caliber Glock pistol. Several witnesses told police Leimbach began fighting with a man inside the bar before pointing a gun at several people, according to the police report.
Aug. 14, 2007 – Leimbach is placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation by East Chicago police. Lembach was never administratively charged in connection with the Whiting bar confrontation.
Nov. 2, 2009 – Leimbach accepts a 15-day suspension without pay and forfeits his 2009 vacation and personal days for misrepresenting his employment history. A disciplinary petition, signed by former East Chicago Police Chief Angelo Machuca Jr., includes two charges based on allegations Leimbach misrepresented his employment history and removed derogatory information from his Hammond police personnel file before delivering it to E.C. police. The agreement shows he accepted only one charge based on misrepresenting his employment history at Prompt Ambulance, Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital and Menard's.
May 27, 2014 – Leimbach points a gun at two men while off duty at the Second String Quarterback Bar and Grill in East Chicago.
June 26, 2014 – Leimbach is placed on paid administrative leave.
Feb. 17, 2015 – Leimbach accepts 15-day suspension, returning to work the following day after trading vacation and personal days for unpaid suspended days. He’s also suspended as the Police Department’s firearms instructor for one year and must serve another year on probation in that position.
Leimbach was recognized for his actions after a bank robbery in 2012 in which a Hammond officer was shot and seriously wounded. He was credited for finding a pistol used in the shooting, helping secure the crime scene and patrolling some of Hammond's districts.
Other commendations credited Leimbach for finding illegal guns and drugs during arrests in 2014 and 2013 and participating in a 2012 vehicle pursuit that began after a report of shots fired and ended in several arrests.
He was commended for helping in the arrest of a purse-snatching suspect in 2012.
Leimbach also received an award in 2013 for administering CPR to an infant who had stopped breathing but later made a full recovery.