Chief of Police James Madison Beard

Chief of Police James Madison Beard

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 14, 1933

James Madison Beard

Chief of Police James Beard was shot and killed inside the Buesta Vista courthouse and jail, at 2110 Magnolia Avenue, with his own weapon by a prisoner he had transferred from Pennsylvania. The prisoner rushed Chief Beard, gained control of his weapon, and shot him twice.

Chief Beard had served with Buena Vista Police Department 37 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 67
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge CHIEF

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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This was my Paternal Grandmothers brother. Her name was Mary Alice Beard Patterson.
There has been seven Pattersons who have served in law enforcement to this date.

Detective John R. Patterson, Ret.
Great-nephew. Henrico Co. VA PD

September 8, 2016

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