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Captain William Henry Beard | Oxford Police Department, Alabama Oxford Police Department, Alabama

Captain

William Henry Beard

Oxford Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Friday, August 19, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Captain Beard was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to the police department. The prisoner complained that his handcuffs were too tight during the trip. As Captain Beard attempted to loosen the handcuffs the suspect gained control of Captain Beard's service weapon and shot him.

Captain Beard had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
March 18, 2013

 

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