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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

Suspect: 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. 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 paralyzation from the neck down. She had undergone over a dozen surgeries since the incident prior to her 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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My first thouight of Mary was when she came on a ride along with me. John had expressed how she did not like that he was a police officer. I was honored that John had entrusted her to me to take care of her on that night. We had alot of fun and I think she really had a better outlook on what the job was all about. I was surprised when she became an officer but was very proud of her. She was a wonderful person with a great smile. I never got a chance to actually work with her once she was on the department, I wish I could have. I remember that sad day, I was in the third district working and heard the call. I rushed into the fifth district only to go on scene of this tragedy. Mary you were a great person and officer, I only wish I could have been there to protect you on that day as well. Rest in peace. John, love you man stay safe.

Retired, William Bailey
Son
December 11, 2014

 

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