Pittsburgh Police Officer Timothy Matson Returns to Work Nearly Two Years after Tree of Life Shooting

PITTSBURGH, PA, (October 6, 2020) --- The Department of Public Safety is thrilled to announce that Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Timothy Matson has returned to work this week on modified duty. 

Officer Matson was shot and seriously injured during the tragic attack inside the Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 people on October 27, 2018. 

Since that time, Officer Matson has undergone extensive rehabilitation to ensure his return to the profession he loves.  

“Tim said from day one that he would be back. He’s worked extremely hard over the last two years to make this a reality and we couldn’t be prouder or more thankful to Tim and all who stood by his side during this incredible journey. If anyone was going to do this, after everything he’s been through, I knew Tim could," said Police Chief Scott Schubert. 

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich called Matson’s return to work a, “A bright spot to emerge from a dark chapter in the City’s history.” 

"Officer Matson is a model of selflessness and dedication to others, and a great example of the public service police officers and other city employees provide to Pittsburgh residents every day," Mayor William Peduto said. 

Welcome back Officer Matson! 

N.B. Understandably there is great interest in Officer Matson’s return, but Public Safety would like to remind people to refrain from directly contacting any of its personnel. 

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Cara Cruz
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety