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Police Officer Mary Lynn Beall | Dayton Police Department, Ohio Dayton Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Mary Lynn Beall

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, August 25, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 214

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/15/2000

Weapon: Handgun; .30 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Mary Beall succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on May 15th, 2000, when a suspect she was attempting to negotiate with shot her execution style.

She and several other officers had responded to a call of a man firing a gun at his girlfriend at 1834 Kensington Drive. When they arrived, they encountered the armed suspect. As other officers covered her, Officer Beall knelt down and re-holstered her service weapon, in an attempt to talk the man into surrendering. As she did so, the suspect stuck his .30 caliber handgun in her neck and fired. Officer Beall's partner and other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The suspect was charged with several counts from the initial incident and sentenced to 76 years in prison. He died in prison from natural causes in 2010.

The wound to Officer Beall caused paralysis from the neck down. She had undergone over one dozen surgeries before passing away.

Officer Beall had served with the Dayton Police Department for three years at the time of the shooting. She is survived by her husband, also a Dayton police officer, son, and two daughters. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Kettering, Ohio.

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As a former co-worker and academy police recruit with Mary- I can honestly say that I think about Mary and her family very often still. Mary's great sacrifice has had a profound impact on my life. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. I distinctly remember being at the Fifth District when the pursuit began and being on scene within minutes of this tragic event unfolding. Nothing has had a greater impact on me in my entire law enforcement career. Mary was a beautiful person and great mother. I salute her devoted husband, John, and his distinguished law enforcement career in the face of this horrible event. I hope and pray that your family is well and I know you are watching over us all now.

Partner in Blue
Dayton PD
February 23, 2017


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