Ex-Hot Bike Magazine Publisher Jeff Tinnion Shoots Himself After Police Pursuit

Until February, Jeffrey Tinnion was the publisher of Hot Bike, Hot Bike Baggers and Street Chopper magazines with Source Interlink Media, LLC. On Monday June 9 at 9AM, Huntington Beach, CA Police was responding to a call from a female at a residence who said someone had gotten into her apartment. The intruder fired at her and she was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren’t life threatening. Police chased a man in a truck suspected of shooting the woman. A few miles away, they bumped his pickup and spun it out. The suspect exited his vehicle and shot himself. He was later identified as Jeffrey James Tinnion, 51. He was the former boyfriend of the woman he shot in her apartment. Via Orange County News Source.

16 Responses to “Ex-Hot Bike Magazine Publisher Jeff Tinnion Shoots Himself After Police Pursuit”

  1. 1 anonymous Jun 19th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Jeff was tormented by the loss of his five year relationship with the woman in question, the additional loss of his job shortly after threw him into a severe depression. I believe in my heart that was NOT premeditated… these shadow moments can either strengthen a soul or break it. I am grateful that she survived, as I know she has two children that need her. The saddest issue at hand is the well being of his own two children, especially his beautiful 17 year old daughter… I pray that she uses this opportunity to find the blessings in her own life and treasure it like her father was unable to! My prayers are with all of us touched by this tragedy!!

  2. 2 Maroon Jun 20th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Do not believe everything you read or hear in the news.

  3. 3 Nicola Hernandez Aug 14th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I am the woman in question and this relationship had been over for 2 years so the connection of his job loss and me is not relevant. In any case, my injuries and fear after that day have left me jobless, homeless (because I had to give up the lease on my house that he attacked me in) and am left to pay the medical costs for the gunshot wounds which now puts serious doubt on whether or not I can retain the custody of my children which I spent 5 years trying to get – wrestling them away from an abusive Father.

    Jeff’s family have not so much as offered a prayer for mine and I am sure they are just waiting to reap the rewards while I the victim in this just get to eat it. I go from being an independent, hard working mother of two, decided that our relationship would never work because Jeff was cold and had no tolerance for children, then he stalks me, throws me into my home at gunpoint, rants about how he just got out of a psyche ward then kicks in the bathroom door to where I escaped and proceeds to fire a glok 40 6-8 times at me hitting me twice, severing an artery, then leaves me for dead before shooting himself.

  4. 4 Tony deMontigny Aug 26th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I am a long time friend of jeff’s, from his original home in Vancouver B.C. Jeff and I kept in touch, and I thought today a good day to call and say hello. My God the shock I received in finding out that Jeff has left us! My wife and I are stunned, and our hearts go out to his wife and wonderful 2 children. They did most sincerely mean the world to him; he will be missed for many years to come, by many people. So very sad to see such a talent leave us this way.

    Jeff, we miss you!

  5. 5 Taylor Tinnion Oct 4th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Hi im Taylor Tinnion, Jeff Tinnion is my uncle.
    I just would like to thank for everones support though this.

    I love you Jeff ill miss you always

  6. 6 kathy Oct 6th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Maroon’s right. You can’t believe everything you read.
    Love and Miss you Jiffy
    Wish you had thought of another way out

  7. 7 Nicola Hernandez Jan 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Just so everybody knows Taylor saw fit to abuse me via the internet after his uncle tried to kill me.

  8. 8 sam Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Nicola you forget you were trashing Taylor’s Uncle on Facebook. There is always 3 sides to every story, your side, Our side and them the truth. A tradgic thing has happened to so many people not just you. We lost a Uncle, Son, Friend and most important a Father. Greive and pray and get on with it.

  9. 9 Heather Jan 31st, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Nicola, wow you really need to get a grip! If you are homeless, jobless and childless, I dare say it is your own doing not Jeff’s or his family’s. You really need to go back to England or where ever it is you are from and get on with your life and leave Jeff’s family to greive their loss. They have lost much more then you have.

    As for Jeff’s family, I hope you find some peace in this tragedy. I hade the pleasure of knowing Jeff since we were mere teens living in Chilliwack. Jeff loved his children and was so very proud of them. I had been in touch with Jeff over the last four months of his life, and I too wish he could have found another way out of his situation. We can be happy with the time we had with him. I miss him and hearing his voice on the phone. Jeff was a dear friend, loving dad, a good uncle brother and son. I know how much you all must miss him. Take comfort in knowing that he did love you all.


  10. 10 lisa Apr 5th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Jeff was a selfish cold blooded killer. He was nothing but a coward . Why couldnt he “just get a grip” and get on with his life like the rest of us do. And why on earth should a victim of such a vilolent crime be expected to pay for all the medical bills incured when he was obivously the criminal

  11. 11 nathan crouse Apr 30th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    heather. ive known nicola and jeff for almost 7 years i was there next door neighbor. you had no idea what was going on. what jeff did was the most immature coward things a man could do. have you ever heard of the saying “no means no”. he couldn’t accept that and he did what he did. it is sad he left his family. but he had more to lose then to gain out of this. was he thinking of his children and his family when he did this? i dont think they mattered enough to him for him to go about and do this. it takes himself away from them. even if he hadnt killed himself. he wouldnt have been able to see any of them for a long time. he did it for selfish reasons. for reasons he couldnt handle. nicola did not deserve this nor does her kids or her family and friends. she had everything going for her. nicola is like a mother to me and i am one of there closest family friends, i knew jeff and he was a friend of mine and my dads. i cant believe you would say something so cruel to someone who has to live there life and has to fight to survive on her own with her 2 kids. i dont care who you are or how long you had known jeff but i was there neighbor and i was there when they were together and when they split up and i was there when he wrote suicide notes and texts that i have read. your obviously just as naive as the choice jeff made.

    Nathan C.

  12. 12 Heather Jun 1st, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    My appologies to those that I offended. I was trying to stand up for a friend who can”t do it himself. Who knows the reasons Jeff did what he did. I am sorry that he felt the need to get to Nicloa as well. She surley did not deserve to be shot at, no matter what the cercumstances.I am thankful he did not do more damage to her than what was done. With a year almost gone by, I wonder if we can just leave this to rest? . No more bashing of anyone, what is done is done. I wish Nicola peace and happiness with her life. I wish Jeffs family well and again, my condolences to all involved.

  13. 13 Nicola Aug 13th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Heather, Jeff and I were together 5 years. During that time I supported him for over a year, helped him start a business and was his best friend without a doubt. He, being the person he was didnt feel the need for anybody else so it really irks me when people come out of the woodwork upon his death to tell me how things are. The Christmas previous he came to me for dinner because all of you were not there for him. The last four months of his life!! You were there! Those were the most miserable I’m sure. Did you know of his stalking and letter writing? How about the drug use? Did any of you notice? Heather, on the day he died I was the last person he saw and spoke to because he wanted it that way and if he had it his way my children would have come home tfrom school to find me lying dead in a pool of blood/ My house was trashed . He didnt shoot AT ME Heather. He shot me. He put me in a wheelchair and I had to go through nightmarish physical therapy every day to walk again. There was talk of me losing my right thumb at one point and one of those bullets skimmed across the top of my head. No, whats done is not done, not for us, not by a long shot. We cant just go on. I needed constant care for 6 months. I am in such debt from the costs that I will never be able to recover. Jeffs family never even so much as offered to pay for the ambulance. I will never be the same. I hope you never have to be in a position where somebody has a gun in your face and your life is in their hands. I was proud of singlehandedly taking care of my children and we let Jeff into our world and things were good. Now, my children suffer everyday and go without because of him. Everything I worked for and shared with Jeff gone in the space of 30 minutes. We have nothing and have received no help. His family distributed everything of his without even acknowledging my existence. He wasnt the victim here, we were. Did you know he also had tie wraps, a 12 guage and more ammo in the cab of his truck? Both Lindsay and Jamie had gone to look at guns with him so dont kid yourself about what happened here. Our lives are ruined. So next time you throw out cold, mean jabs about going back to England etc, think about my children – they are Americans. What do you think they are suffering knowing that this man they trusted and loved did this to their Mother? Today we face eviction.

  14. 14 Nicola Aug 13th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Sam, you dont have the right to judge pre-meditated or not. You didnt live it. Sorry, but buying the guns a month in advance, stating that one of them was for my friend Ian to his daughter and lying in wait for me to come home from dropping my kids at school then grabbing me from behind with a loaded gun spells pre-meditated to me. Also I dont think telling the truth is the equivalent of trashing anyone. Perhaps you should be telling Taylor that you dont send hate mail to the victim of a shooting. But then what would you all know anyway? In five years I dont recall your name being mentioned.

  15. 15 Heather Aug 25th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    NIcola, I am so sorry for all you have been through, I can’t even imagine what is has been like for you. I am sorry for your kids . I think that I lashed out without thinking of what you had and have been through. I cannot for a minute imagine how afraid you must have been , not for only yourself but for your kids. It was unfair of me to say the things I did say. I don’t even know what to say at this point. I truly hope that you can and will be okay. I am very much haunted by Jeff’s death. I am not sure why it has such an impact on me, but it does. If you want to talk as friends, I would be happy to get to know you…..

  16. 16 nicola May 27th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Well Heather, here we are almost 3 years after the fact and me and the kids are no better off. I assume Jeff’s family are all doing fine, moved on with life and it seems grabbed whatever material goods and wealth they could out of him as quickly as they could get their hands on it. Not a kind word, thought or deed was thrown in our direction. Not even so much as to offer to pay for the ambulance ride and the morphine. I kept Jeff for 15 months and then some while he decided upon a business venture and then started Serious BBQ. I helped fund the business while still maintaining my own. I worked alongside him 18 hour days on those events and when he rested I went to my other job. He moved into my apartment not the other way round. I worked at building my own business for 7 years and had brought my family to a point of very comfortable self sufficiency. i was there for my children to take them to and pick them up from school everyday and my business made enough money to pay for a 3 bed 2 bath house.

    After Jeff shot me I was confined to a hospital bed and then wheelchair. I suffered excrutiating pain and physical therapy to walk again. There was talk at one point of losing my right thumb. We lost our home, our business and our savings because some thief decided she had more right to the money Jeff and I had both saved while partnered in business than I did! His family showed no respect whatsoever for the family that shared his life, us, and didnt even so much as ask me if there was anything in the apartment that we once shared that I wanted (or was mine). Our snake, Elvis (was Jeff an Elvis fan or was I) they gave to the humane society. Everything, furnishings, personal effects, EVERYTHING was packed as quickly as they could and his body burned before I could even order blood tests (as is my legal right). Then everything shunted through the system without even acknowledging me, or my right to claim. Executor of his estate, yeah, perhaps the term needs to be investigated – talk about a job not done. Doesnt a suicide, attempted murder change the beneficiaries of an insurance?

    Anyway my son turned 18 in March and my daughter is now 13. We have nothing. We live in one room. The expense and repercussions of the shooting including infections and ongoing trauma to my neck/spine left me nothing to even begin to rebuild our lives with. So when Jeff so selfishly killed himself he did effectively kill me too because I havent ‘lived’ a single day since. Instead I have had to watch my children suffer and go without every basic human need. We have slept in the car, been hungry, cold and none of us got the counselling we very much needed after such a violent attack. Dont believe any of the hype about Victims of Crime compensation fund. It is part of a system that doesnt work. Crime victims already facing a daunting task of just being able to walk across the room to the bathroom expected to fill in reams of paperwork, then deal with the constant lies then denying my claim only to approve it on the same paperwork it was denied on!
    How about that toxicology report huh? Results in 2 weeks – wow – I was quoted 8 – 12 by the coroner as being normal and no drugs in his system whatsoever. Amazing considering he took Xanex for the whole time I knew him and from the debris strewn across my house that day and the eyes of coal that stared at me that morning would say a whole lot of other drugs. 45lbs lighter than he weighed the whole 5 years we lived together in the space of a couple of months according to the autopsy. I find it interesting that Cathy his ex ID’d the body while I was in an MRI and didnt she used to work at UCI at one time. Also interesting that nobody made her crimes common knowledge because I would never have called her to help him when he text me a suicide note in the March if I knew she had been convicted of a drug related felony. Also noted were the dates on the documents regarding the condo if Jeff should die (May 2008) and the fact that he shopped for guns at Grants in May 2008 where Lindsay accompanied him but apparently didnt think to tell him he shouldnt do it when he told her what the guns were for (in her own words).

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