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Sergeant Ernest F. Beaugez | Ocean Springs Police Department, Mississippi Ocean Springs Police Department, Mississippi

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Ernest F. Beaugez

Ocean Springs Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Thursday, May 27, 1954

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/27/1954

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Executed in 1955

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Sergeant Ernest Beaugez was shot and killed near Orange Grove, Mississippi by a suspect who had fled parole in California. Sergeant Beaugez arrested the suspect in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on a charge of drunkenness. As the town's single peace officer, Night Marshall Ernest Beaugez was opening a cell in the Pascagoula, Mississippi jail when the suspect overpowered, disarmed, and kidnapped him. Sergeant Beaugez was found murdered by his own gun a few days later. The suspect was apprehended following an armed robbery in another Mississippi town and was convicted of murder, and sentenced to death.

On September 9, 1954, the killer smashed the skull of Jailer J.C. Landrum, of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, with an iron chair leg and escaped from the Hinds County Jail along with another death row inmate. Both were recaptured five days later 40 miles away after being spotted by a police helicopter. Jailer Landrum died minutes after the capture in the Jackson Hospital. The suspect was the first death row inmate executed in Mississippi's new gas chamber on March 3, 1955.

Sergeant Beaugez was survived by his wife, daughter and sister.

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Jailer J. C. Landrum
Hinds County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 14, 1954
Cause: Assault

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Sergeant Beaugez,

Thank you Sir for your service and sacrifice.. You will never be forgotten.. Rest in Peace Sir!

Joyce
Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994
May 15, 2008

 

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